A few outtakes from the Loren Hope lookbook. Stripes, skirt, and statement baubles... I have a feeling I'll be wearing this look well into fall! 

In other news, I'm in New York today for the Independent Fashion Bloggers conference and can't wait to report back. If you're here, please say hello — and if not, be sure to follow along on Twitter


I'm revamping my interview series in order to invite more of my favorite people to tell you a little about themselves. Today I'm delighted to be hosting Bradley Agather, a 25-year-old Dallas fashion maven whose blog Luella & June is one of the first I check in my Google Reader each morning. Bradley is a fashion editor for the Dallas Morning News and has killer personal style (hello, have you seen her What I Love Right Now feature?). Most importantly she's one of the sweetest people I've gotten to know through blogging and I'm thrilled to have her kick off this next wave of interviews on Design Darling! 

bradley agather interview

bradley agather interview
It's a mix. I’m definitely drawn to classic pieces (a tailored blazer in my closet or D. Porthault linens in my home) but I always mix it up. I’ll add a touch of femininity along with some edge too. And of course I love to incorporate color whenever I can. 

bradley agather interview
It's home. I was born and raised in Dallas. Even when I wasn’t living here, Dallas always felt like home. I love all of the fun stuff that Dallas has to offer (and there's plenty of that!) but, at the end of the day, what I love most is the feeling of home. It's where my roots are. 

bradley agather interview
{Design Darling vases in Bradley's home office!}

bradley agather interview
I'm so blessed to get to do what I do. Between the blog and my job at Dallas Morning News, I'm constantly in this creative environment. I get to work with some of the most talented people. I'm always learning new things from them.

bradley agather interview
To stay organized, I use all sorts of tools. iCal is my best friend, and I'm never without my notebook that keeps my to-do list. I also really try to set aside time (usually Sunday afternoons) every week simply for organizing. The inspiration part comes easily. Pinterest, blogs, magazines, just taking a walk around Dallas — there's no shortage of inspiration! 

bradley agather interview
{Bradley's coffee table. Quite the collection!}

bradley agather interview
Coffee table books. 

bradley agather interview
An iced coffee and a crossword. 

bradley agather interview
I wish I had a three year plan! I know I should but right now I'm just focusing on this year. And my goal for 2012 is balance. I want to figure out just the right recipe for my work/life balance. I'm just starting my new job at the Dallas Morning News and it's one that allows more time to focus on Luella & June projects. So I guess that's a good start!

Keep up with Bradley on Facebook / Pinterest / Twitter


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!