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Showing posts with label quote du jour. Show all posts


I'm loving this quote lately (and any excuse to practice my newly acquired Photoshop skills). It's Sunday — get fired up! xx


Oh, Eleanor, you're so wise. This has definitely been a guiding principle for me lately. New York can be a very intimidating place! So anytime I'm on the fence about whether to say yes to something, I try to remind myself of this quote. Blogger event? First date? New Pilates class? Trapeze lesson? As much as those things cause me anxiety, it's so enriching to get out of my comfort zone every now and then. And the funny thing is, as terrified as I am going into a scary situation, I almost never regret it once it's behind me! 

Tell me: what's the last thing you did that totally scared you? Was it worth it?

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As I mentioned in this post, my next 101 in 1001 list is going to feature a few travel goals. It was so fascinating to read your comments on this post about where you've traveled and it definitely got me thinking about which cities and countries I'd like to visit next. I'm dying to visit a new continent — South America perhaps?

Have you visited a new place this year? Have a trip in the works? What's next on your list of must-sees? Let's compare notes!

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Welcome back! I had an incredible weekend at my sister Reilly's graduation (plenty of pictures on Instagram!) and I have a three-day work week thanks to Sarah's wedding this weekend. Here's a clever little quote to ease us back into the swing of things... Cheers to a productive week and one hell of a good time getting through it!

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Are you all familiar with James Nord? He's a fashion photographer here in New York and his post yesterday stopped me in my tracks. When people ask how you're doing, it's so easy to say, "I'm keeping busy!" as a default. (I'm totally guilty.) I love that James makes a point instead to say that he's having the time of his life. Isn't that the whole point? Let's all "be better than busy." It's the weekend — go have the time of your life. xx

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Wishing you a weekend that's brimming with adventure! A few noteworthy links:

- Absolutely drooling over the contrast trim on this skirt.
- Loved every page of Matchbook's October issue, but especially the new checklists.
- Making my way through this list of 12 TED talks every entrepreneur should watch. 
- Finally remembering to bring my business cards thanks to this pretty new case!
- Totally hooked on this blog full of inspiration for tiny apartments.

Have a fun link you think Design Darling readers would love? Leave it in a comment below!


Should you find yourself particularly curious this long weekend, here are a few favorite links for your perusal:

- Cara of A Fashion Love Affair has great personal style and seriously covetable waves
- These boots from Tuckernuck are a fall must-have
- I want to attempt this DIY monogram project on a pair of vintage chairs I'm reupholstering
- It will come as no surprise that I can't stop clicking through this Tumblr
- I bought these shoes because they remind me of the ones in my blog header

Any links you're loving? Share them in the comments!


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*Photograph by Penelope Waits


I hope your weekend is full of sunshine! And hula hoops and pretty dresses. As always, you'll find more quotes on the Design Darling Facebook page

*Image by Nick Scott for Madison Australia via Dustjacket Attic

Quote of the day...

I needed this one today. 

Get started now.

One of the most ambitious goals on my 101 in 1001 list is to start my own company — as in I fully intend to have my own company within the next two years (the 1001 day mark is September 28, 2013). I wasn't expecting to hit the ground running this early on, but two months at a desk job made me realize that life is just too damn short to do anything that makes you unhappy. Just three weeks into self-employment, I've never been more confident that I'm pursuing the right path.

I love this quote for several reasons. Starting a business is never going to be easy. There's always going to be some reason not to do it. You're too young, you're worried about money, you're afraid of what other people will think. You're aware that it could totally backfire and leave you back at square one. But if it's the kind of challenge that's going to get you out of bed in the morning, excited about the possibilities — if it's the kind of thing that you'll look back on and regret not trying — then you know what you have to do.

My dad used to tell me, "He who has a beginning has half the deed done." In other words, sometimes making up your mind to do something is the hardest part. Taking that first leap of faith and committing yourself to a new venture is always daunting. But the peace of mind that follows and the excitement about what's ahead are every bit worth the initial anxiety.

Which is not to say that it'll be smooth sailing from here on out. That's another reason I love this quote. I know I don't have all the tools I need to succeed right this instant. Challenges and obstacles that I have no idea how to handle will inevitably pop up. But the opportunity for growth — for newfound strength, skill, self-confidence, and success — is not to be missed.

I'm in the early planning stages of my very own company and that's an absolutely exhilarating feeling. In fact, I highly recommend it ;)

I'm coming home, I'm coming home...!

After two months interning at Rue in San Francisco, I am wrapping up and getting ready to return to the east coast on Monday. I have learned so much here and will be eternally grateful to Crystal and the rest of the team for the opportunity to experience a new city and the early days of a start-up company that I know has real potential.
By the same token, I am so ready for what's next. I cannot wait to get home, reconnect with my family and friends, and hit the ground running in search of my first full-time job in New York City. I have a few irons in the fire and I am optimistic that something truly wonderful will fall into place. 
Thank you for continuing to show up here each day and to comment when you see something you love. Blogging has been a happy constant in an otherwise very in flux stage for me and it's something I too often take for granted. Design Darling will always be first and foremost about fun fashion and inspiring interiors, but it comforts me to know that lots of you are in the boat as I am, trying to figure out what to do with the rest of your lives and how to have some fun doing it.
I look forward to whatever the future has in store for all of us. Cheers to the next adventure!

What are you waiting for?

It is never too early — or too late — to create a life you love. 
Wait for nothing.

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Quote Du Jour

"Today is the first day of the rest of your life."
Charles Dederich

I'm resolving to look to the future as opposed to lamenting the end of this chapter. Yesterday's graduation marks the beginning of my next adventure and I could not be more optimistic about what the future has in store for me. No matter where you are in life or what mood you find yourself in at the moment, let's all remind ourselves that today is a new beginning and we can make of it absolutely anything we like. 

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We all know those people. Instead, let's be great together. Happy Monday!

Business Casual

I'm in my favorite city this morning interviewing for a job with one of my favorite companies. I'm trying to play it cool but on the inside I'm completely shaking in my boots! I'm reminded of this quote by Eleanor Roosevelt: "Do one thing every day that scares you." Hats off to you, Eleanor, and fingers tightly crossed for me! Do enter the ongoing Joss & Main giveaway if you haven't already and have a most delightful weekend!

{via my very favorite tumblr, Patterson Maker}

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Quote Du Jour {Inspiration For Your Weekend}

Happy weekend! Whether you spend it reading or dancing, I hope you'll be back Monday feeling refreshed and ready for the week ahead. Enjoy!

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Quote Du Jour {From My Grandmother}

Dear Kenzie,

I am enjoying Design Darling immensely. It's like reliving my young life over again. The gorgeous nipped-in waist dress of last week was almost a duplicate of my engagement dress, perhaps proving that everything old is new again! Claw foot tubs and dark tile was the decor in the 1930s and we thought it very spiffy... Must close as there are too many interruptions.

Love you big, 


There's nothing like your grandmother's design approval and unconditional love to let you know you're on the right track.