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Winter Essentials

February 8, 2017

By: Danielle Kingsley

It might be February now, but winter is still in full swing! I may have grown up a So Cal girl, but after spending many a winter in Utah during my teenage years, I have grown to love this season! There is something fresh and magical about the winter months and I don’t want to miss it. Here are six of my current winter essentials to help you get in the spirit!

1. DREAM. PLAN. REPEAT.

In a world of iCal and phone planners, I love the simplicity of a written calendar/planner. This is my second year using this Horacio Printing planner and I absolutely love it! Not only can you write out your day-to-day schedule, but you can jot down praise reports and goals. There is even a space each season to write down who you can pray for and bless. You can find it here.

2. DREAMY MOVIES

I had  been waiting for months for “La La Land” to be released, and it did not disappoint! This movie is pure magic and is supported by the fantastic duo that is Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Go see this movie – your heart will thank you.

 

 

 

 

3. SOUTHERN CHARM

I have been a southerner for nine years now, and I am fully embracing it! I absolutely love the southern charm of Reese Witherspoon’s store, Draper James (located in Nashville and online.) Totes get this bag y’all. Find it here.

 

 

 

 

4. PAR-TEA

If you know me, you know I am usually holding an iced tea in my hand. I have had some pretty good tea in my lifetime, but none compare to the quality and taste of Teavana tea. Their “Perfectea” makers are super affordable and come in an aray of colors. My favorite tea to brew is the “Pineapple Berry Blue Blend.” Grab yourself a tea maker here.

 

 

5. CITY LOVE

Two things I love: Reppin’ my city + Baseball caps. If you are local, grab yours at Imago Dei located in historic Franklin! If not, grab yours here.

 

 

 

 

6. PROTEIN ON-THE-GO

If you are like me, you have tried almost every protein bar under the sun and never quite found one you love. Recently I discovered these NuGo protein bars and I am hooked! They are gluten free, vegan and delicious! You can find them at Whole Foods or on Amazon.

 

Photo Cred: Danielle Kingsley

Danielle Kingsley, a Southern California native, served as a missionary and worship leader for ten years at a growing church planted by her family in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 2007, Danielle moved to Nashville, Tennessee where she was provided the opportunity to be the original vocalist to record the now popular worship song, Your Great Name. In 2013, she released her first EP Falling, that generated two #1 singles on International Christian radio.

Since the recent loss of her father to a brief battle with cancer, Danielle has been sharing her story about finding hope through loss and the peace that is found in Jesus at a variety of conferences across the United States. She is writing her first children’s book and devotional, and is currently on tour with Secret Keeper Girls. Check out her blog at www.DanielleKingsley.com. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter @DKingsleyMusic

 

My Six Autumn Essentials

October 13, 2016

By: Danielle Kingsley

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AUTUMN ESSENTIAL : FOOTWEAR

Now, I love boots and have them  in almost every shape and every color – but this fall I am adding a little throwback to the mix with these Adidas sneakers. Whether you are heading to the Farmer’s Market or to the big game – throw them on with a pair of skinny jeans and a sweater and you are good to go. Shop them here.

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AUTUMN ESSENTIAL : MUSIC

I have recently discovered the musical goodness that is Ben Rector. His latest release, “Brand New” is the perfect soundtrack to this new season – happy, hopeful and like a “brand new pair of jeans.” Listen here.

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AUTUMN ESSENTIAL: DRINK

The pumpkin spice latte usually gets all the glory, but my absolute favorite drink in the fall is an iced Pumpkin Chai Latte from Starbucks. It is both spicy and sweet and tastes like drinking pumpkin pie. What could be better than that?

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AUTUMN ESSENTIAL: SCENT

Perfume is one of my favorite things to shop for and usually takes me awhile to settle on one! My fall + winter go-to perfume for the last few years has been Tocca Cleopatra. It is a warm woodsy scent with hints of vanilla and grapefruit. I am a huge fan of the entire Tocca collection. Head to your local Anthropologie and give it a try!

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AUTUMN ESSENTIAL: MOVIE

“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.”  – You’ve Got Mail

You’ve Got Mail is one of my favorite movies all year round, but especially in the fall. The beginning of this charming movie takes place in September/October and just puts you in the spirit and reminds you that once upon a time we all used dial-up internet. Oh the 90’s!

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AUTUMN ESSENTIAL: THE WORD 

God’s Word is an essential in every season of life! I just finished a study on the book of  Ruth (my favorite lady in the Bible) using the She Reads Truth Bible + Devotional app. This study has truly inspired me to fully trust and rely on God in every circumstance and in every season.  This verse from Ruth has become my new anthem for the fall. If you are in a season of waiting, I believe this study will be an encouragement to your heart. Check it out here.

 

Photo Cred: Andrew Small

about the authorDanielle Kingsley, a Southern California native, served as a missionary and worship leader for ten years at a growing church planted by her family in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 2007, Danielle moved to Nashville, Tennessee where she was provided the opportunity to be the original vocalist to record the now popular worship song, Your Great Name. In 2013, she released her first EP Falling, that generated two #1 singles on International Christian radio.

Since the recent loss of her father to a brief battle with cancer, Danielle has been sharing her story about finding hope through loss and the peace that is found in Jesus at a variety of conferences across the United States. She is writing her first children’s book and devotional, and is currently on tour with Secret Keeper Girls. Check out her blog at www.DanielleKingsley.com. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter @DKingsleyMusic

Transitioning into Fall

September 19, 2016

By: Rachel Brown

September 22nd marks the official start of the autumn season and while there are so many fun things to look forward to in the fall, sometimes it’s difficult to transition from the carefree vibes of summer to the productive, pumpkin-scented months that follow. We’ve cooked up some ways to lessen the blow in the switch in seasons, and we’d love to hear your tips for transitioning from summer to fall.

Go Back-to-School Shopping

 Whether or not you’re heading back to school this fall, everyone can reminisce over the fun of shopping for new school supplies. While many of us aren’t spending our days in a classroom any longer, we can still embrace the theme of back-to-school shopping as it applies to our careers. Use fall as a reset of sorts; even though you’ve spent each day of the summer season at work, the new season can help spur on new inspiration. Spruce up your workspace with some new supplies—pretty notebooks, a new lamp for your desk, or lovely organizational tools. Or snag a work-related clothing purchase that you’ve been eyeing for awhile—new shoes, a great sweater, or a fun bag. Just a dose of something special and new will hopefully bring about inspiration and freshness, whether you’re continuing on in the daily grind at work or heading back into the classroom.

 Learn a New Skill

 Regardless of whether we’re in school or in the workplace, honing a new skill is a life-giving activity for all of us. Students especially may wince at the idea of adding one more learning-based activity to their overloaded schedules, but think outside the box and use the time to stimulate yourself creatively, emotionally, or socially rather than academically. Have you always wanted to cook a certain type of cuisine? Sign up for a class. Want to try your hand at pottery? Find opportunities at a local community college or arts school. Interested in calligraphy? Register for a fun brunch + hand-lettering workshop. By using your mind outside of the classroom or the workplace, you’re allowing your brain to expand and stretch in new, meaningful ways. You’re also reinvigorating your spirit, providing ways for you to be newly inspired in your daily setting at school or work.

 Tidy Up Your Space

 Think of this like you would spring cleaning, but in the fall. As we transition from summer to fall, it’s so nice to rid ourselves of clutter and prepare for the seasonal changes ahead. Consider creating a capsule wardrobe for fall, putting away (or donating) summer clothes that you’ll no longer wear as cooler temperatures roll around. Spruce up your household décor by adding fall-themed touches that bring you joy—a pumpkin-scented candle, for example, or seasonal flowers. Toss old notebooks and school/office supplies, replacing them with fresh new ones (see the back-to-school shopping tip above). Do a deep clean of your dorm room or office, pulling out all the stops with your favorite household cleaning supplies and organizational tools. By physically creating a fresh start in your space, it will be easier to create an emotional and mental fresh start as you transition into fall.

 Plan A Trip

 Nothing helps more during a transitional time than having something to look forward to in the coming months. Summer is typically full of vacations and parties and events, and while the holidays hold the same allure, the fall season presents more of a blank canvas, providing lots of opportunities to pencil in activities and plans that invigorate us and bring us joy. Research shows that simply planning a trip brings us lots of joy, so ease into the new season by recruiting girlfriends to go on a road trip together, planning a weekend excursion to visit your parents, or exploring a new city for the first time.

 What tips do you have for transitioning from summer to fall?

Photo Cred: Cecil Vedemil

about the authorRachel  is the Director of Development for Touch A Life, an organization committed to the rescue and rehabilitation of children who have been exploited and trafficked in West Africa and Southeast Asia. Though she loves working in the non-profit world, Rachel has always been passionate about writing, pursuing opportunities to put pen to paper outside of her day job. Aside from writing for Darling Magazine, she maintains a personal blog, Coffee & Tacos, where she connects with others through food, travel, faith & community. Rachel lives in Dallas, TX, with her husband, their adorably large English mastiff, and a new baby girl, Ruby.

Summer of Service

August 4, 2016

By: Rachel Brown

We can’t believe it’s August! Summer is flying by, but there’s still plenty of time before Labor Day Weekend is upon us. This season is one for rest, relaxation, and exploration, certainly, but it’s also a good time to look outside ourselves and find ways to serve others. We’ve rounded up several ways that you can get busy serving, and we’d love to hear if you have any ideas to add to the mix!

Participate in a Service Trip

 If you’ve got a few vacation days to spare, consider researching opportunities to participate in some kind of service trip, whether it’s an international trip that lasts for a week or a weekend project that is closer to home. Connect with a cause that’s meaningful to you, ensuring that you avoid the negative aspects of voluntourism by committing to help with a service project that the non-profit or mission organization really needs (i.e. the construction of a new building that will benefit the population served or organizing a clothing drive for displaced refugees).

 Help Out a Neighbor

Whether your next-door neighbor is an elderly adult in need of some help with yard work or a young family who could use a free babysitter, scope out ways to get involved just outside your doorstep. The first step to take is to cultivate relationships with those who live close in proximity to you, whether you’re in an apartment complex or a house. Introduce yourself by bringing over baked goods, or simply reach out with a handshake and an exchange of names. Once you get to know your neighbors better, assess what needs they may have and offer to help in whatever capacity seems appropriate.

 Host a Summery Fundraiser

 Summer is the perfect time to host get-togethers, so why not put a spin on a fun evening with friends by hosting a party to benefit a cause you love? Send out invitations online and let people know in advance that the event is meant to raise funds for a worthy cause, either by encouraging guests to bring donated items or a few dollars (suggest a specific amount so they know whether you’re looking for $5 per person or $20 per person, and ensure that you communicate clearly what the money is for). Provide snacks, sips, great music, and a fun ambiance, and, if you’re so inclined, take a few minutes to share a bit about the cause you’re supporting and why it means so much to you.

 

Photo Cred: Arthur Poulin

about the authorRachel  is the Director of Development for Touch A Life, an organization committed to the rescue and rehabilitation of children who have been exploited and trafficked in West Africa and Southeast Asia. Though she loves working in the non-profit world, Rachel has always been passionate about writing, pursuing opportunities to put pen to paper outside of her day job. Aside from writing for Darling Magazine, she maintains a personal blog, Coffee & Tacos, where she connects with others through food, travel, faith & community. Rachel lives in Dallas, TX, with her husband, their adorably large English mastiff, and a new baby girl, Ruby.

Tips for Preparing for Wedding Season

May 22, 2016

By: Rachel Brown

Wedding season is upon us, and for many of us, that means we have several back-to-back weekends that will be spent celebrating brides-to-be at their bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and the actual weddings themselves. Whether we’re a member of the bridal party or not, we all have supportive roles to play as our dear family members and friends enjoy this exciting season of their lives. Below you’ll find some tips for preparing for the upcoming wedding season, and we’d love to hear if you have any advice or ideas to share!

Bridal Shower Etiquette

If you’re a bridesmaid and no one has stepped up to plan a bridal shower yet, consider asking the other women in the bridal party to host the event with you. By sharing in this responsibility, you’ll cut down on costs as well as the length of your to-do list. Make sure to consult the bride on her vision for the shower—some ladies may want the whole thing to be a surprise while others will have a specific vision for the event, giving you some helpful direction while you’re planning the party. Even though the shower itself is truly a gift, hosts should still plan to give the bride a little treat on the day of the event. It needn’t be large—it can be something small from the bride’s registry or it can be something sentimental or handmade—but there should be some special gift for the bride to open on her sweet day.

As a guest, the best thing you can do is reply to a bridal shower as soon as you receive the invitation. It’s no fun for hosts to track you down to get your response. In regards to a gift, the registry really is the best place for purchasing a little treat. Typically registering is a fun process for a bride and groom as they plan their future together, and by sticking to the gift list, you’re giving the couple an item that they really want or need.

Bachelorette Party Etiquette

For bridesmaids and friends alike, the bachelorette party should be a time of fun, not stress. Traditionally the Maid or Matron of Honor plans this event, but if you’re not in this role feel free to offer to help in small way (by making a reservation at a fun restaurant or gathering up party favors, for example)—regardless of whether she takes you up on it, the MOH will certainly appreciate the gesture.

Bachelorette parties are increasingly becoming an opportunity for a fun weekend trip at a special destination, but costs can add up quickly. Do not be afraid to say no to a trip if it’s not in your budget, or to just participate in one day’s events instead of a whole weekend-long shebang. Don’t offer up lengthy excuses regarding why you can’t come or participate the whole time—even though our intentions are good, sometimes these detailed explanations can come across as hurtful to the bride. Do clarify why you can’t come if you’re in the wedding party, however—as a special member of the bride’s posse, it will help her feel cherished and loved if you are open and honest regarding why you can’t participate.

The bachelorette party can sometimes be a sensitive subject, as brides-to-be tend to invite smaller groups of friends to this event than to her shower. Some brides only include their wedding parties. If you are not invited for some reason, don’t take it personally. Remember that this season is a special one for your friend and she has her reasons for limiting the size of a group or choosing to curate a guest list in a specific way. If it bothers you enough to say something, wait until after the wedding, as the months leading up to the big day can be filled with stress for the bride. Be gracious and gentle in your understanding that you may not be able to see the whole picture right now.

Wedding Etiquette

As with the bridal shower, replying to the invitation on time is so important. Brides are fervently planning every last detail of their special day and it’s crucial that they have an accurate head count when reporting information to venues and caterers. So help them out by sending in your RSVP in a timely fashion.

Regarding gifts, you may feel like your wallet has been emptied out if you’ve already participated in the bridal shower and bachelorette party (and purchased presents for both events!). Traditional etiquette may dictate that a gift is required at a wedding but most brides these days are most grateful for your presence, not your presents, on their wedding day. Especially if you’re in the wedding party and you’ve purchased bridesmaid’s attire, you have probably already shelled out plenty of cash in honor of your friend. But writing a thoughtful card is a really nice touch, regardless of whether or not you decide to give a gift, and offering last-minute help (picking a grandparent up from the airport, overseeing the signing of the guest book, ordering lunch for the bridal party) can be a huge blessing for a bride on her big day as well.

 

Photo Cred: Sweet Ice Cream Photography

about the authorRachel  is the Director of Project Development for Touch A Life, an organization committed to the rescue and rehabilitation of children who have been exploited and trafficked in West Africa and Southeast Asia. Though she loves working in the non-profit world, Rachel has always been passionate about writing, pursuing opportunities to put pen to paper outside of her day job. Aside from writing for Darling Magazine, she maintains a personal blog, Coffee & Tacos, where she connects with others through food, travel, faith & community. Rachel lives in Dallas, TX, with her husband and their adorably large English mastiffs.

Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gift Guide

May 5, 2016

By: Rachel Brown

Mother’s Day is just hours away and if you haven’t scored the perfect gift for your mama yet, don’t panic! We’ve rounded up some great, quick options that are both beautiful and thoughtful. Check out our list below and enjoy this weekend with the special women in your lives!

A Homemade Bouquet

There is no better way to spruce up a space than with a beautiful bouquet of flowers, but have no fear if you’ve missed the deadline to order a pretty arrangement from a florist—there are plenty of great tips and ideas floating around the Internet that can guide you toward building your own floral creation. Cost-effective grocery stores like Trader Joe’s have amazing fresh selections of flowers that won’t break the bank, and mixing and matching a variety of flowers will make your gift completely unique and special. Take a peek at this helpful tutorial to get some inspiration for creating your own bouquet. Pick out a pretty vase to go along with your arrangement and you’re set!

Baked Goods (Made in Your Kitchen!) + A Fun Cookbook

Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a newbie in the kitchen, your mom will love the thought and effort you put into creating a sweet treat to gift to her. From cookies and cupcakes to pies and muffins, the recipe options (and levels of difficulty for each) are endless. You’ll save a few dollars, too, by making your own treats instead of buying them from a local bakery. If you’d like, pick out a super fun cookbook to go along with your homemade goodies as a thoughtful addition to your gift. The book can coordinate with the baked goods theme—we love Homemade Decadence and Honey & Jam—or it can appeal more to her savory side (we’re dying to snag copies of It’s All Easy, The Love & Lemons Cookbook, Hartwood, and Dinner: The Playbook). The combination of the baked goods + the cookbook eye candy will be a crowd-pleaser.

A Handwritten Letter + An IOU

Okay, okay, this sounds like a cop-out, we know, but hear us out. First, start by putting pen to paper and writing a heartfelt letter to your sweet mama—not a card or a brief note but a thorough letter with some length to it. Choose some lovely stationery and write about a favorite memory you share with your mom, something specific that you love about her, the reasons why you want to be like her—anything you want as long as it’s meaningful and specific. So often we assume the people we love know exactly what it is that we love about them, and that assumption does not always prove true. Take the time during this celebratory weekend to write something straight from your heart to show your mom just how much she means to you.

At the end of the letter, include a card or a postscript with an IOU for an adventure you can share with your mom so you can make more memories together. This activity can range from a lovely dinner in a restaurant you’ve wanted to try or a matinee theater performance to a day at the spa or a special weekend trip. Whatever you choose, let your mom know that you are ready to take her out on the town for a special adventure that the two of you will be sure to cherish for years to come.

Something Super Pretty

In our day-to- day lives, we get bogged down by purchases we have to make, things that aren’t necessarily fun, like paper towels and dog food and prescriptions and household appliances. It’s always so special to receive a gift that’s just pretty, something that we normally wouldn’t allow ourselves to splurge on. So treat your mom to something fancy and darling that you know she’ll love—a gorgeous bottle of perfume, a heavenly-smelling candle, some high-end hand soaps, a show-stopping coffee table book, a
luxurious robe, anything that you know will bring a smile to her face.

 

Photo Cred: Josh Felise

about the authorRachel  is the Director of Project Development for Touch A Life, an organization committed to the rescue and rehabilitation of children who have been exploited and trafficked in West Africa and Southeast Asia. Though she loves working in the non-profit world, Rachel has always been passionate about writing, pursuing opportunities to put pen to paper outside of her day job. Aside from writing for Darling Magazine, she maintains a personal blog, Coffee & Tacos, where she connects with others through food, travel, faith & community. Rachel lives in Dallas, TX, with her husband and their adorably large English mastiffs.

The Sunshine is a Tangible Thing

February 9, 2016

By: Harmony Lange

The sunshine is a tangible thing,
A palpable thing.

It fills the air around you,
Paints trees,
Wraps you up.

It stirs the smell of dirt from the ground
The most honest smell.

Its warmth dries up the pine needles
creating a carpet
that whispers softly
as you walk, gentle susurrations.

Any sound that comes to you
Must pass first
Through the sunshine-
Birdsong
Chattering squirrels
Murmurs of water not far off.

No wind disturbs
The sunshine here
Where it sits heavy around you
Among the trees.
Leaves are still
Although high above you
Clouds drift gently across the sky.

You watch them
Head tilted back
Mouth slightly agape.

They drift
They continue their way across the sky
They drift.

You bring your gaze back down,
To the highest branches,
Down the trunks-
Though you could leave your head tilted back
Your eyes following the clouds…

But you do this: look around you
At tree trunks
Dirt
A squirrel
Rushing off, always in a hurry

Your feet
Pressed against the needles
Against the dirt
Your legs moving
Each movement
Bringing you through the sunshine
Like swimming.

Each breath taking sunshine
Into your lungs-
Sunshine and dirt and dry pine needles.

Your arms are covered
In a fine layer
Of dusty dirt
Set with tracks from sweat droplets:

This is how the sun
Has painted you

 

Photo Cred: Chelsea Stellar

 

about the authorHarmony Lange is a professional harpist and amateur poet, a lover of books, and a chronic seeker of happiness. A native of California, she graduated from Westmont College with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and French, and the hope and determination to find her place in this crazy world. She’s currently pursuing the search in Southwestern Florida, but hopes to move soon to Minnesota. Find more info or contact her at www.harmonylange.com

Creating Health Related Goals

January 25, 2016

By: Rachel Brown

As we settle into life in 2016, we are constantly seeking ways to live out our New Year’s Resolutions and goals. Many of those may revolve around health, about carving out more time for exercise and finding ways to eat a little lighter after enjoying the delicious treats that the holiday season has to offer. But how do we find balance between pursuing our health-related resolutions and maintaining a good sense of body image, one that empowers us and doesn’t bring us shame? We’ve come up with some ideas about how to go about this, and we’d love to hear any tips or pieces of advice that you have to share.

Seek Out Accountability

 If you feel tempted to berate yourself for not meeting your goals or you fear falling into a downward spiral of analyzing your flaws, it might be a good idea to set up an accountability group to help you along as you pursue your resolutions. Choose people who love you unconditionally and care about your success, but also have a compass that alerts them to when your methods for achieving your goals may be damaging your body and soul. Being able to speak freely and openly with your accountability group will truly set you up for success because you’ll be able to weed out your negative thoughts in a safe space while simultaneously taking the necessary steps forward in order to live out your resolutions in a healthy way.

 Create Health-Based Goals, Not Superficial Ones

 Focus your goal-setting efforts on making healthy resolutions instead of channeling all of your energy on achieving a goal that is based on appearance or superficiality. Keep your resolutions and ideas positive by coming up with specific, tangible ways to eat better (cook at home more, invest in a juicer, take your vitamins), exercise more (find a gym you love, form a workout accountability group, sign up for a cool yoga class), and generally be more active (take walking lunch breaks, commit to a FitBit or another kind of neat health monitor, drink more water). Setting a goal of losing weight is not bad at all; just make sure the goal is set for health reasons instead of vanity-related ones. You are fearfully and wonderfully made, and your body is a beautiful vessel hand-crafted by God. He wants you to take care of yourself, but He also wants you to know that your beauty is not defined by the size of your jeans, so set health-related goals in moderation and strive to achieve a well-balanced lifestyle that makes you feel happy and strong.

 Make it Fun!

 Enjoy the process! Set up a system of rewards and treats for yourself, choosing items or activities that won’t derail your gains thus far but rather will empower you and encourage you as you continue along your journey. This will help bolster your healthy body image; by viewing the journey toward reaching your health goals as a fun event instead of a chore, you’re reminding yourself that you are worth this valiant effort and that you don’t need to take yourself (or the process) too seriously. When you reach a goal, set plans to see a movie with a friend or go get a pedicure; make an appointment for a massage or treat yourself to a new book. Whatever brings you joy can serve as the perfect reward for reaching your goal, and it can also serve as a reminder that you are worthy and valued and loved, helping you carve out the time to reflect and thank God and yourself for the healthy life you lead.

 

Photo Cred: Austin Ban

 

about-the-authorRachel  is the Director of Project Development for Touch A Life, an organization committed to the rescue and rehabilitation of children who have been exploited and trafficked in West Africa and Southeast Asia. Though she loves working in the non-profit world, Rachel has always been passionate about writing, pursuing opportunities to put pen to paper outside of her day job. Aside from writing for Darling Magazine, she maintains a personal blog, Coffee & Tacos, where she connects with others through food, travel, faith & community. Rachel lives in Dallas, TX, with her husband and their adorably large English mastiffs.

Gift Guide for Girlfriends

December 3, 2015

By: Rachel Brown

We’ve survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but we still have a lot of gift items to check off of our Christmas shopping lists! Friends are so fun to shop for but sometimes there are so many good gift options that it’s hard to choose just a few. We’ve narrowed down some of our favorite gift items for friends and shared them below. Take a peek and let us know if you have any clever ideas to add to the list.

 

Artifact Uprising Photo Gifts

We’ve taken so many photos with our friends, but most of them live on the pages of our social media accounts and in the albums on our phones, so let’s get these images off of our devices and into the hands of our pals. Artifact Uprising, a company that is “inspired by the disappearing beauty of the tangible,” has so many creative gift options. Their softcover books are super affordable, and the Instagram-friendly books allow you to upload your photos right from the app. The wood block + prints set makes a classy gift that is so neutral that it fits in with anyone’s aesthetic or taste. It would be fun to receive a customized postcard pack, too!

 

Gift Certificate for a Class

Treat your friend to an experience of some kind, allowing her to savor the memory of the adventure long after the outing is over. Cooking classes are so much fun, and they’re offered at many local grocery stores, markets, or specialty food shops. Wine-tasting + painting classes are always a hit, and workshops are all the rage these days, popping up all over the country, allowing you and your friend to try calligraphy or jewelry-making or pottery.

 

Upcycled Wrap Bracelet

Looking for a gift that gives back? We partnered up with Parker Clay to create this premium leather wrap bracelet. Parker Clay creates economic and social empowerment through the sales of their products, all of which are made from genuine Ethiopian leather, hand woven scarves, and other interesting materials. Like it says on their website, each of these bracelets, designed from Ethiopian leather and upcycled artillery, sends one Ethiopian woman through a prostitution prevention training program. Amazing, right?

 

Valleybrink Road Gift Box

These gift boxes are definitely a splurge but they’re so special and beautifully curated that we think they’re worth the price! Each box is customized with the consumer in mind, and items are sourced locally, ensuring that each product supports the small business that makes it. We like the Mini Sweet Box – add on fresh flowers if you’re in the Los Angeles area to make the gift even sweeter.

 

Oh My Deer Prints

We love these fun prints by Oh My Deer, and you can’t beat the prices, which range from just $10 – $12 – how great is that? We love the neutral palettes of white, black, and gold (with a pinch of pink on a select few of the prints for good measure), and we’d be stoked to see this Hey Babe piece or the Be A Good Friend print on our walls.

 

P.F. Candle Co. Candles

These are our favorite candles! Produced by a couple based in Los Angeles, all of the candles are made using domestically grown soy wax and delicious-smelling fragrance oils. We love Teakwood & Tobacco, Golden Coast, and Spiced Pumpkin. We think the packaging is great, too. If you don’t want to order directly from the company, P.F. sells some of their scents through big-name stores like Madewell and Urban Outfitters. Your friend will think of you every time she lights her beautiful candle.

 

Do you have any great gift items to add to our list?

Photo Cred: Chelsea Stellar

about-the-authorRachel  is the Director of Project Development for Touch A Life, an organization committed to the rescue and rehabilitation of children who have been exploited and trafficked in West Africa and Southeast Asia. Though she loves working in the non-profit world, Rachel has always been passionate about writing, pursuing opportunities to put pen to paper outside of her day job. Aside from writing for Darling Magazine, she maintains a personal blog, Coffee & Tacos, where she connects with others through food, travel, faith & community. Rachel lives in Dallas, TX, with her husband and their adorably large English mastiffs.

The Instagram Song

September 20, 2012

Have you girls seen this hilarious Instagram parody video around the interwebs? We are laughing so hard right now watching it. It’s pretty ridiculous, but it should bring you a laugh or two!