Love, Darbie

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



April 2015



Life at 30,000 Feet

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It’s the first day of April, which means that this year is a quarter of the way through. It’s been a while, and I’ve missed you all tremendously. In the month of March, I spent much more time in flight than I typically do, and it gave me plenty of time to think and reflect. On a red eye flight from Los Angeles to Austin, I decided to pen some of my thoughts so I figured I’d share.

  • Home is fluid, belong anywhere – There’s the common saying that home is where the heart is, which I agree with, but I’m also starting to have this belief that home can be anywhere, and can be multiple places. Maybe it’s my wanderlust which makes it hard for me to stay in one place, but I find myself feeling at home in places I don’t really know. One of the greatest gifts we have in this generation is the ability and relative ease of travel. I can’t wait to travel the world and find pieces of myself in the different homes I didn’t know I had.
  • What is for you, is for you – One of my friends (hey Aaron) always said this statement. What is for me, is for me. I won’t have to cry, beg, lose myself for it.
  • Opportunities grow exponentially, all you need is one open door – I’ve recently had some great opportunities come my way that were a result of one or two decisions I didn’t realize would have such an impact. There’s the saying that you just need to get your foot in the door, well knock on every door until one opens.
  • Start - that’s all I wrote down. Whatever it is, just start (even if you know you’ll probably fail).
  • Stop and smell the roses – I wrote this because I was walking with a new friend who literally stopped and smelled the roses. I don’t think I’ll ever forget that. I’ve been in such a demanding and work-focused season lately. If I’m not doing school work, I’m running a business, planning conferences, shooting and editing. I have to constantly make a mental decision to stop and smell the roses and my sanity is so much better for it. I think for the first time in the past few years, I’ve found somewhat of a balance in my life. I actually feel like I’m living, truly truly living, rather than going through the motions.
  • His timing is always perfect – don’t rush the process, don’t trust your own timing, learn to wait.
  • Life is about going after what you want and it’s never too late to start

Then, I fell asleep until I landed in Austin at 5am in the morning. That was my last trip of the month and I honestly would prefer to not see the inside of an airport for a while. Since I let life consume me for a month, this also constitutes my ‘life as I know it’ post. I mentioned above that I felt like I was truly living and I think my month is testament to that. I did put some things on the back burner (like school, oops), I learned when to say no, and most importantly I learned how to delegate. I have the tendency to feel like I need to do things myself, but delegation is the best thing since Toblerone chocolate, and I’m so much happier because of it. What else is new? I have faux locks in my hair, which I am completely obsessed with! Puerto Rico was amazing, the food never let me down, Miami was not my cup of tea, and San Francisco feels like home and is constantly a source of renewal and inspiration.


I hope you all had an amazing March, and here’s to a better April and a better second quarter of the year!



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.


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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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