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Lulu & Georgia

Every time August & September roll around, I feel like life hits a sudden refresh button.

There are two reasons in particular for the sudden refresh:  1. Fall always brings with it a feeling of new beginnings, new opportunities, new friendships, new jobs, new semesters. I was talking to a good friend the other day, and we both decided that even though August can feel a little too stressful at times (with so much going on), it always seems to be preparing us for even better and more exciting things for fall (my f-a-v-o-r-i-t-e time of the year).  Reason #2:  I don’t know about you, but I’m always moving to a new place, new apartment, and new room every time I find September just around the corner. And with a brand new bedroom … came a brand new office (since, yes, I do work in my bedroom…All. Day. Long.). Since I spend so much time in my bedroom, a brand new office was the perfect opportunity to partner with one of my (all-time) favorite home brand around:  Lulu & Georgia.

If you’ve browsed Lulu  & Georgia’s site, you already know how hard it is to decide on what to pull the trigger on – because girls, everything is beyond gorgeous. After spending [way too much] time on their site, I came to the conclusion that the notorious L & G sheepskin rug was an absolute bedroom and office staple. I also found myself swooning over the Antoinette tufted bench (swoon-worthy, mhmm), and also knew it had to be part of my new L&G collection. The rug is insanely soft-to-touch, incredibly comfy and cozy to lay on and definitely adds the right touch to a neutral-based room. The cutie Antoinette bench serves as the perfect embellishment that sits at the foot of my bed, perfect for days I have girls over to the office for chit chats or roomie movie nights.

My brother and I had an absolute blast photographing the cutie L&G items, and Jordan also brought along his Christmas kitty (that I surprised him with on his Christmas birthday!). SO no, the kitty’s not mine – but I most definitely wish he were :) (but I must admit, I’m a total dog person). We hope you enjoy!  As far as other items in my bedroom go, please read below for details. XO

**for room details that are not listed on this page, email for product info** XO

Thank you Lulu & Georgia for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

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Girl on a Budget

I’ve always been a girl on a budget.

You girls know – especially because * most * of us are high schoolers, college gals, or young professionals who are always scavenging for those fab pieces that fit right into our wardrobes without spending the extra dollar. Being an avid saver myself (one of the reasons I was able to take my blog full-time at age 22), I’m always looking for those pieces that are still high in quality, but don’t break the budget. After graduating from relentlessly rummaging through the racks of the budget retailers (cough cough, those ones that make you feel like you want to pass out), I’ve tailored new shopping patterns and new shopping rules that help keep a girl in her 20s on track.

First – if you’re going to splurge, reach for the stars – but only do it for your favorite accessories. I’ve come to find that as millennials, we constantly crave new and fresh pieces on a regular basis. And yes, that means after that one or two wears of that very-floral dress, you can say “au revoir” cause we are already #overit. Which is why investments should happen when there is a whole lot of ROI! Yes, I did just say * return on investment * in a blog post. I did! We are the “see it, buy it” generation – so we want lots of things, and we want them n-o-w. That’s why it’s important we take it easy on larger splurges. My favorite investments of the season are these reflected sunglasses by Dior (expensive, but they most definitely have earned their ROI), these shoes by Calvin Klein (breaking the over $100 dollar barrier, but so comfortable!), and this fringe bag by Rebecca Minkoff (yes, this baby definitely earned lots of fabulous wear).

So you’re thinking … what about the trendy clothes? We need our trendy clothes! Keep it under $100, girlfran. These distressed jeans are the perfect examples of trendy clothes that shouldn’t peak over $100. Why? You will wear them this fall and winter, and you will love them – but the second distressed denim and the 90’s is “so yesterday,” and these jeans will be too. Next time you think about investing in a trendy purchase, ask yourself – is this a timeless staple that will last more than 3 seasons? Your wallet is already happier with you! Am I hating on trendy purchases in any way, shape or form? No way! I’m a huge fan of all of these trendy girls. However, I do think it’s important to not break your budget when it comes to getting sucked into trends. Making these under $100 jeans the perfect go-to.

Next, it’s all about the staples. This blouse by Topshop is the perfect example of a staple that is worth pulling the trigger on. Of course, it is under the $100 threshold, but it’s also a basic that will n-e-v-e-r go out of style. Wear your heart out of it this fall and winter, and break it out again next year. A timeless button-down blouse will provide lots of effortless chic wear for months to come. Be sure to mouse on over to my “basics” shop section to see the kinds of staples I’m pulling the trigger on this fall.

How do you maintain shopping on a budget? Would love to hear your personal tips and tricks! XO 

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There are two essentials that every darling should keep tucked away in her wardrobe.

The little black dress and the shift dress.  And both of these are summed up by this classically simple frock I’m debuting today… making the cutie the darling necessity.  After deciding it most definitely fit the part of the quintessential LBD, I also fell head over heels for its shifty structure (I know how much you all love a great shift dress) and loose-fitting silhouette.

Along with the dress that sings perfection, there are my favorite kicks of the season – these pretty little (may I say mirrored?) ladies by Calvin Klein. I’m currently breaking these cuties in for Fashion Week (yes – you, NYC!) and have fallen in love with the wearable comfort, mirrored platforms, and classic and sophisticated style of these incredibly chic sidekicks.

Interrupting all this fashion talk to seriously scream **pinch me** over this new and (very very very very) much improved layout. Give it up for the fab Gadabout – she’s seriously amazing and I’m seriously smitten! Happy Monday, and enjoy! XO 

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The Darling Detail gets a makeover!

I’m beyond excited to release this oh so f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s face lift I’ve been dreaming up for almost a year now – a redesign and new layout for the site that I hope will take this darling little blog to the next level. With the help of my favorite designer – Hanna of Gadabout Creative – I’m so excited to release the new and (very, very improved) The Darling Detail. Click, mouse, scroll around – and enjoy! We couldn’t’ be more excited about how simplistic, classic, and clean this darling little layout is – and I hope you adore it just as much as I do! This stunning makeover for the site is just the beginning of something incredibly special here on the blog, and I’m so excited to be sharing it with you all today!

As far as our plans go for the rest of the year, I’m so excited to be hiring on my first full-time employee, my photographer and brother Jordan Afshin. As a team — we’re excited to start producing much more blog content. With these big plans and dreams we’ll be increasing our editorial photography, pushing out more written content, extending our travel plans, and of course – we’ll keep Instagramming & LTK-ing while we’re at it. I feel so excited and blessed to be full time blogging at the age of 22, and I’m so excited to see where the rest of 2015 takes us.

And of course, a gorgeous makeover calls for a gorgeous new outfit as well. This LWD (little white dress) is a pretty little stunner that encompasses everything I’ve ever wanted in the perfect summer outfit: 1. Under $100,  2. Just the right amount of oh – so – fun and eye-catching texture, and 3. The perfect feminine and flattering silhouette. Plus, we might as well rock as much white as we can before our summer bronzed glows fade away! Ammiright? Get in on the details below and enjoy the makeover!  Be sure to click over to the new shop section here – and check out what I’m currently coveting for this season. XO


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