Dash of Darling wears a white Spell & The Gypsy Collective Byron Bay top and skirt with a Janessa Leone straw boater hat and a Jennifer Haley fringe bag while in Palm Springs staying at the Korakia Pensione hotel.
Dash of Darling wears a white Spell & The Gypsy Collective Byron Bay top and skirt with a Janessa Leone straw boater hat and a Jennifer Haley fringe bag while in Palm Springs staying at the Korakia Pensione hotel.
Dash of Darling wears a Janessa Leone black straw boater hat while in Palm Springs at the Korakia Pensione on summer vacation.

A few weeks ago Ben and I headed down to Palm Springs for a little desert bohemian getaway. Our only vacation requirements were a little relaxation, major pool time and some good food, and the Korakia Pensione was the best place to stay for all of the above. We love this quaint little hideaway so much and it's the perfect place to retreat. We just played cards, read, snacked on cherries by the pool all day and enjoyed each others company. It was perfect.

Sadly I never got around to posting these images since just after we got home we fell into a whirlwind of finding out we were pregnant, then I got hit with basically narcolepsy (so tired when pregnant AND on all those hormones and IVF meds) - and then finding out we lost the babies. But I did want to take a moment to rewind and bring you back to Palm Springs because this vacation was so special and just what the doctor ordered (literally haha).

I packed with me all of my desert bohemian favorites, like this Spell & the Gypsy Collective vintage-inspired lace ensemble. When you're heading to the desert, lightweight fabrics and flowy pieces are a must. It's so hot!

Dash of Darling stays at the Korakia Pensione in Palm Springs
Dash of Darling styles a Spell Designs matching white top and skirt with a Janessa Leone straw boater hat and a Jennifer Haley black fringe bag for a desert bohemian outfit in Palm Springs.
Dash of Darling wears a white Spell & The Gypsy Collective matching  top and skirt with a Janessa Leone straw boater hat, Acne boots and a Jennifer Haley fringe bag while in Palm Springs staying at the Korakia Pensione hotel.
Dash of Darling stays at the Korakia Pensione in Palm Springs, California.
Dash of Darling enjoys a delicious breakfast in Palm Springs while staying at the Korakia Pensione during a relaxing getaway.
Where to stay in Palm Springs for a relaxing vacation at the Korakia Pensione hotel.
Where to stay in Palm Springs at the Korakia Pensione.
Dash of Darling wears an all white bohemian outfit by Spell & the Gypsy Collective while staying at the Korakia Pensione in Palm Springs, California during a desert bohemian getaway.
Dash of Darling wears the Acne Jensen boots with a Janessa Leone black straw boater hat with an all white Spell & the Gypsy Collective desert bohemian outfit.

If you haven't noticed, Spell & the Gypsy Collective is one of my favorite brands. They make the most beautiful modern-bohemian pieces inspired by far off places that are perfect for travel. You can see more of their beautiful items in outfits that I wore here, here, here and here.

What do you guys think of this look? Have you ever stayed at the Korakia in Palm Springs?

Dash of Darling wears Spell & the Gypsy Collective while on vacation at the Korakia Pensione in Palm Springs.
Where to stay in Palm Springs at the Korakia Pensione.
Korakia Pensione in Palm Springs, California.
Korakia Pensione in Palm Springs, California.
Caress fine fragrances lavender scented body wash
Caress fine fragrances lavender scented body wash in the bath with a bathtub caddy
Caress fine fragrances lavender scented body wash

Today I am excited to partner with Glamour Magazine and Caress to share my thoughts on the new Caress Forever Collection fragrance body wash. This was my first time trying this all-new product but I am definitely loving it. And here's why...

I have never been one for daily douses of perfume, but prefer more of a subtle, yet kissable scent. I love it when you sit down and the person next to you cocks their head to the side and says, 'Mmm, you smell good. What is that?' It means you're scent is just right, not too overpowering. That's why I love using a yummy scented body wash. But unfortunately, the scent usually never lasts and wears off after about an hour. However, what I love about Caress' new Forever Collection is that it features a delicious fragrance touch-release technology that provides long-lasting fine fragrance for up to twelve hours.

The Caress Forever Collection is the first body wash with a breakthrough Fragrance Touch Technology that uses Fragrance Release Pearls (invisible beads found within the body wash that release bursts of fragrance with every touch of your skin). Pretty amazing right? Each Fragrance Release Pearl holds a blend of customized fine fragrance oils that start out as soft and malleable, making them tough to burst when first deposited on the skin and toweling off. As your skin dries, each fine Fragrance Release Pearl becomes a brittle shell that shatters when touched, releasing minuscule amounts of fragrance.

Caress fine fragrances lavender scented body wash
Caress fine fragrances lavender scented body wash
Caress fine fragrances lavender scented body wash

Ever since I started using this product I can definitely tell a difference. Hours later I will get just a subtle hint of the fine fragrance and my hubby thinks I smell delicious. So I definitely call that a win. Plus, for only $3.99, it's the ultimate beauty steal.

What do you girls think? Will you be giving it a go?

Caress fine fragrances lavender scented body wash
SUMMER EDIT | THE TRENDS
Caitlin Lindquist of Dash of Darling styles a stripe button down reformation dress that is the perfect feminine summer outfit  for the fourth of july.
Caitlin Lindquist of Dash of Darling styles a stripe button down reformation dress that is the perfect feminine summer outfit  for the fourth of july.

Key Pieces

Caitlin Lindquist of Dash of Darling styles a stripe button down reformation dress that is the perfect feminine summer outfit  for the fourth of july.

While in Park City, Utah over the Fourth of July weekend I pretty much traded in my usual wardrobe for summer stripes, and I fell in love with this button front stripe midi dress from Reformation. It's sweetheart neckline is super feminine and the tie waist gives your silhouette an uber flattering shape. Not to mention, stripes never go out of style. The color I am wearing is already sold out unfortunately, but I have also linked to a bunch of my favorite stripe dresses in the widget above and below.

On a more personal note, I apologize for my sporadic posting lately. Since the start of this blog I have always worked hard to be able to maintain a steady schedule of posting five days a week to help you all know when to expect a new post. But since the loss of our first set of twins back in December I have had a really hard time keeping a schedule, or rather, quite frankly, finding the motivation to keep a schedule. After we lost them I felt like I lost a little bit of myself, and it's more elevated now that we have lost our second set of twins. But I want you all to know that I am really trying my hardest to get back into the swing of things and getting my shit together. I need to pick the pieces back up off the floor, put myself together again and shake it off. Unfortunately, these things happen. And whether we're ready or not, life moves on. So, I am trying to as well. I know, it's so much easier said than done. But over the weekend Ben and I had the privilege of attending the Rascal Flatts concert thanks to Lexus (who sent us their in their sexy RC 200t sporty coupe). We had such an amazing time. But more importantly, Rascal played their 'Stand' song and it reminded me that I need to get back up and stand. While we listened under the stars and tears streamed down my face, it helped to renew my resolve and remind me of the fight I know I have within me. If you're unfamiliar with the song, or you yourself need a little reminder to shake your troubles off... here they are.

'You feel like a candle in a hurricane.
Just like a picture with a broken frame.
Alone and helpless, like you've lost your fight.
But you'll be all right. You'll be all right.
'Cause when push comes to shove,
you taste what you're made of.
You might bend 'til you break,
'Cause it's all you can take.
On your knees you look up,
decide you've had enough.
You get mad, you get strong.
Wipe your hands, shake it off.
Then you stand.'

It's time to stand.

Caitlin Lindquist of Dash of Darling styles a stripe button down reformation dress that is the perfect feminine summer outfit  for the fourth of july.
Caitlin Lindquist of Dash of Darling styles a stripe button down reformation dress that is the perfect feminine summer outfit  for the fourth of july.
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 fashion blogger favorite picks and selects what to buy

AHHH! The annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is finally here! I am not even joking, I wait around for this sale the whole freaking year. What I love most about it is that you can score amazing deals on new fall fashions before they even technically hit the shelves. Most all sales that you shop are on older items that get reduced after they have been on the floor for a while (and didn't sell as well as anticipated)... but the Nordstrom sale gives cardholders exclusive access to shop new, hot-off-the-press fall fashions at a fraction of their retail price.

So pretty much, that makes this the perfect time to shop for your new season must-haves and replenish your beauty supply before prices go back up to retail price.

But I will admit this sale is so huge that it can definitely be overwhelming. There are 48 pages of items - and that's just for women's wear. There is so much more to sort through, including home decor, beauty exclusives, kids sale and duds for your man. So to help you navigate this major sale, I have put together my favorite items for you. But stay tuned, because I will be sharing even more throughout the sale as things sell out or get replenished.

Also, be sure to sign up for my newsletter to gain even more exclusive content and sale favorites. Trust me, you don't want to miss out.

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