Love, Darbie

the life/style blog of a southern girl on the west coast.



February 2015



Enjoy Your Own Company

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It’s a Friday evening, you have no plans. You send your friends a “what are you doing?” text. Everyone’s busy. Instead of sulking in your loneliness, this is the perfect opportunity to have a refreshing evening and rejuvenate your soul/mind. My alone time is such an important part of my sanity, but I know many people struggle with being alone. Here are some tips from me to you on enjoying your own company and embracing your alone time.

1. Tidy up your space + light some candles – I strongly believe that a clean space is a clean mind. Clear out the clutter that you accumulated through the week, turn on some music (my current favorite combination is Chromecast + Pandora + SZA station), and cuddle up in bed with a good book, your favorite blogs (insert wink emoji here), or that journal of yours that’s been gathering dust.

2. Go grocery shopping – This is a strange option, but I know I’m not the only one who loves walking into a Whole Foods, Sprouts, or Trader Joe’s. There’s something about getting groceries that makes me feel like I have my life together. Before you leave, look up a recipe, buy the ingredients and feel accomplished about your cheffin’ skills.

3. Take yourself on a date – I’m the queen of solo dates. Mainly because I love food and trying new restaurants. I swear by Foursquare for discovering good eats around town. Pick one, get dolled up, and enjoy a great meal… all by yourself.

4. Wine and a movie – Let’s say you’ve already done #1, but the book/journaling idea isn’t cutting it. Get that corkscrew out, an Olivia Pope sized wine glass, and watch a movie. The new season of House of Cards is out on Netflix, so that’s a promising option.

5. Do something you love – Weeks are busy with work or school, friendships require time, it’s not often you just get time to yourself. Make the most of it and do something you love or start working on that hobby you’ve been meaning to pick up.

Peace within yourself has such a big impact on how you interact with people, how you perform at work, and just your overall happiness. Put life on pause and soak everything in. How do you enjoy your own company?



February 2015



Connect with Me!

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I’ve noticed that lately I’ve had a lot of new readers to the blog. Welcome, welcome, welcome! I love you already. I have a nifty “start here” page if you’re new and want to take a dive into some of my older posts. But past that, I would love nothing more than to connect with you all. The absolute easiest way to stay up to date with my posts is by liking Love, Darbie’s Facebook page (plus you’ll be privy to my tendency to post random – yet inspiring quotes. I love a good quote). It’s quick + effortless, and saves you the trouble of checking back here for new posts.


If you’re on Bloglovin, find me there too! Now, if you’re more interested in my day to day, I’m obsessed with the gram, and if you’d rather hear my random musings, let’s connect on Twitter. I’ll likely be posting an “allow me to re-introduce myself” post (HOV reference by the way), but until then, I’ll catch you on these platforms.

Make your week great! <3



February 2015



West meets East: Boston Conference Style

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IMG_6090I’m in Boston! And as I type this, my fingers feel like icicles. The greatest MVP’s are those of you in the North East, I don’t know how you all survive this arctic tundra. I find it ironic that my last post featured a very summertime look, and today I’m experiencing what single digit weather feels like. I’m here for a computing conference, so my attire for the past few days has been business casual, including this look where I tried to make things slightly interesting with mustard-colored slacks and a print scarf.  Nonetheless, the biggest highlight of my time here so far though is that some of my favorite people, my Seattle family (including some of my roommates from last summer), ended up all randomly coming to the Boston as well. We grabbed Shabu (which was amazing), caught up, and set the record for the most photographed meal ever. See, two of the Seattle crew at the conference, Kim and Hector, are also bloggers (check out their sites after the jump). So, it was great to talk about two things that are usually never topics in the same conversation, tech and style blogging.

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February 2015



The Maxi Remixed

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IMG_5956 It’s really easy to get bored with your wardrobe, I know I’ve been feeling that way lately. I’ve had this basic grey maxi for a while, and since we’ve been having beautiful summer weather in Texas recently, I decided to try something different with it. I dressed it up with a pair of strappy heels or down for the day with my old faithful white converse.
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