It has officially been one week since we moved in to our new home! Mr. Darling and I are completly ecstatic and proud of our new place. I am so excited to share with you the details, of our living room thus far. As we add more things, I will share them on the blog. For now, this is what we have completed. I LOVE our bright and open space that is so cozy and a place we can call home. So excited for our new beginning here in the darling home. I will be adding new things to the blog weekly. I look forward to decorating and adding the final touches to our home. It has been a dream of mine to create a space like this and design everything the way I wanted it to be. I feel so grateful and blessed for what God has given me. We need something for over the couch. Any suggesstions?Everything is linked and I look forward to you following along.
We wanted to keep the living room neutral with pops of grey and beige. It was so much to see our living room transform into this neutral-toned space. The coffee table is VERY affordable and $100. It is the perfect rustic grey with a darker grey tabletop. The flower arrangements were made by moi. It honestly was a random after-thought. The table needed something to make the room pop and I had trouble finding an arrangement I wanted. I knew the exact colors I wanted and decided to take it into my own hands and make my own. Tutorial on that, will be coming shortly. It took me about ten minutes to make. The couch is the perfect size for us and the neutral tones were perfect for our aesthetic. Would you believe me if I told you the couch was under $600? The pillows came with the couch, except for the HOME pillow. I can’t link that, but found it in HOMESENSE. The tray and tic-tac toe board made the perfect accents for the table. Clearly, I love anything rustic! The wall clock was one of the FIRST decor items I picked up from TJMAXX. I am unable to find it online, but linked a similar one here. The blanket ladder was a perfect idea for us to store our cozy pom blankets. Mr. Darling has the sectional side of the couch, so clearly I needed something for my feet. I fell in LOVE with this pouf. Last but not least, is the rug. I knew EXACTLY the rug I wanted for my home. It fit perfectly and we are loving the pop of grey.
I loved making my own floral arrangement. A tutorial will be coming soon.
As promised, here is a complete guide to traveling to Kennebunkport, Maine. Last year was our first time visiting this unique and charming town. Home of the LOBSTER and salty ocean water taffy, it quickly became a home in our hearts. We come every single summer and it has become our yearly summer tradition. Every year that we visit, we find new things to see, places to stay and things to explore. Kennebunkport is a small, tourist-driven, darling and quaint town. We had a beautiful weekend and are so sad to be back in New York. We wish we could have stayed there even longer! We look forward to returning every year and continuing to make new memories; eventually making it a tradition with our children and family one day. We were fortunate to have stayed at two different hotels in Kennebunkport and I will be sharing all of the details below. There is SO much information to share and I will be answering all of your questions here. Whether you are traveling for a weekend get-away or a week long stay- there will always be something to do in this beautifully scenic town. Taylor and I spent four full days in Kennebunkport and found that it was the perfect amount of time, to see and do everything we wanted to. This is one of my most memorable trips and I look forward to visiting again next year.
Where To Stay?
THE YACHTSMAN HOTEL & MARINA CLUB
As soon as we stepped foot into our private and quaint room, we felt serene, relaxed and could feel the ocean breeze drifting in. The room is vibrant, fun and filled with all the vacation essentials. Upon arriving, we were greeted by Casey, who was beyond accommodating and made our stay exceed our expectations. The bright white walls and pineapple headboard lifted our spirits and certainly put us immediately into, “vacation-mode.” The room is fully equipped with tv, fridge, full sized bed, sliding door, which leads to a small backyard with Adirondack chairs to lounge in and watch the boats go by.
The headboard was probably my favorite part of the room.
The Yachtsman has some wonderful accommodations and gives off the perfect beach vacation charm. The pool is in a separate, peaceful area from the resort and literally floats in the harbor! It is SUCH a cool experience, you feel like you’re floating on a boat. They have comfy beanbag chairs to lounge on. One of my favorite things that the Yachtsman offers, are complimentary bikes to ride into town. Town is about a mile or so to walk. We found the location to be perfect! I loved that the Yachtsman was close to town, but still slightly secluded; so you have more of a peaceful and serene experience. With the backyard feature and small pool- this hotel is children and couple friendly. Every morning, Mr. Darling walked down to the offices/lobby to grab a cup of fresh coffee from their adorable coffee bar. We truly loved every moment of our stay and certainly will be back. They definitely have made this hotel family oriented and a wonderful place to make long-lasting memories. Another thing that I wanted to mention, is that KRC hotels offers complimentary kayaks for all guests at the marina, which is located next door to The Yachtsman!
We, overall, had an AMAZING stay at The Yachtsman. They were constantly going above and beyond to make our stay perfect and we thought they had so many wonderful accommodations. From pastry deliveries right to your door every morning, to an outdoor patio and your own small backyard; we were beyond pleased with our experience there. We definitely felt that breezy feel of freedom and have now found our new getaway spot.
The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel
The Boathouse is also owned by KRC hotels and we stayed here for our last night in Kennebunkport. One of the amazing features of the hotel is the fact that you can take steps out of the hotel and be right in the center of Dock Square in the town of Kennebunkport. I think this hotel has the absolute best VIEWS of Kennebunkport (especially from room 206). Our room had its very own private balcony overlooking the bridge and Kennebunk river. This waterfront hotel offers a prime in house seafood restaurant. It is one of our favorite spots to eat. If you are on the hunt for a great waterside hotel, then this is it. The views are incomparable to anything you will find in town.
This view from our balcony was incredible!
What to do
When it comes to things to do, Kennebunkport is filled with beaches, gift shops and sightseeing tours.
You must visit the Kennebunkport Beaches. The water is absolutely beautiful and the surrounding homes are so elegant and charming to see. We visited Gooch’s Beach, which was a few miles (maybe 3 if that) from our hotel room.
Trolley Tour- This was a fun 45 minute, narrated tour all throughout Kennebunkport. The views they show you are just incredible. This was so relaxing, as well as interesting to get an entire historic view of the town. It is $18 per adult.
Horse & Carriage Ride- I’m not entirely sure how much this would have been, but it looked so lovely.
Coastal Maine Scooter Rental: We did this last trip and it was our FAVORITE thing to do there. We rode along the shore and all through out town. It was a little too cold and windy this trip to rent. Next trip, we will for sure! If you have a few extra minutes in your day, you should ride the scooter to Saint Anne’s Cathedral church. The architecture was absolutely exquisite. ( To rent a scooter- 207-204-0734)
Dock Square Shopping: This is the best spot to shop for all things touristy. From sea salt water taffy to baseball hats and the BEST syrup; they have TONS of shopping in the square. One of our favorite stores is “Mountain Tops.” They have the best selection of sweatshirts and tees. This is where Mr. Darling and I bought our matching sweatshirts. Mr. Darling also LOVES the “Candy Man.” They may or may not have chocolate covered twinkies.
Boat Tours- It was a little too chilly this trip to go on the whale watching or lobster tour. I have heard wonderful things about both. I believe it is around $65 per person. The town offered numerous types of tours. All of the boat tours can be purchased, at the Marina next to Maxim’s Desserts! We didn’t have the chance to do a boat tour, but everyone raved over the whale-watching tour. If you wanted to skip the tour, you could always head to the bridge and take a walk alongside the Marina.
Where To Eat
There are numerous restaurants located in Kennebunkport, but here is a list of my favorites!
We ate at The Burleigh for dinner to celebrate Mr. Darling’s birthday. As soon as we arrived, they greeted us with champagne to toast his special celebration. The food was astounding. We ordered a few appetizers and Taylor raved over the clams. As you know, Kennebunk is known for its seafood, especially the lobster. I ordered the sirloin and it was cooked to perfection. Tender with a crisp outer layer, it was served with some of the BEST French fries I’ve had. If you are looking for a romantic evening, then the Burleigh, would make a lovely evening for two. They offer outdoor, as well as indoor seating.
Mr. Darling should write this section of the blog post because he ate enough dessert for the both of us. I will share a few of his favorite spots!
Maxim Desserts- This is a little food truck located in Dock Square. Hands down the BEST ice cream you will EVER have. The blueberry cheesecake is his fave. You can find this at 2 Harbor Lane!
Candy Man- They have amazing fudge and chocolate covered twinkies. Definitely a favorite of Mr. Darlings!
Satellite Donuts- Located at 4 Spring Street, in the heart of Kennebunkport Village. These are probably some of the best donuts you will ever consume. Taylor’s favorite are the strawberry sprinkled donuts.
So many of you have been asking me for the best spots to take Instagram-worthy shots. Here are some of my FAVORITE spots!
The Yachtsman Hotel & Marina Pool – Best pool spot
This cafe is ADORABLE. The Tiffany blue decor and the pickup truck filled with flowers, makes the perfect Instagram spot. Our favorite spot was the “You’re my everything” photo wall! Mr. Darling and I loved this hidden gem in Wells, Maine! It is about an 8 minute drive from town.
Take a shot on the Kennebunk bridge or on the rooftop of the Boathouse hotel, for the perfect sunset shot!
Thank you all for following along on our Kennebunkport journey. I hope this travel guide was resourceful and helpful for your planning needs. Thank you to KRC hotels for sponsoring our incredible stay. Of course all opinions are my own! We look forward to our next stay! Of course, feel free to reach out, if you have any questions!
This post is going to be very real, emotional and honest. I have endured some of the hardest months of my entire life, but also have had some of the BEST. I launched my own brand, I am currently working with brands I LOVE and working in a career that I ABSOLUTELY love. I also have been extremely unhealthy, emotional and visited more doctors with names I cannot even remember. I have not been on an audition or sung since Christmas. There have been so many amazing highlights, but also living with so many unknowns, fears and struggles. On social media we only see a small percentage of someone’s life. We rarely get the opportunity to see the WHOLE picture. I am not here to ask for pity, but rather here to inspire, share light and positivity; that even in the darkest of days we can achieve great things.
Where I’ve Been?
I have received more DMs than I thought, asking where Ive been? Why I am not in NYC everyday? Why they don’t see me performing or auditioning anymore? Unfortunately due to the circumstances of my health, it was very important that I took a break to focus on healing, getting well so that I may continue to perform. I need to get to the root of what has been causing my illnesses and what I need to do to feel 100% myself again. There have been so many disappointments and frustrating days where I wanted to give up. Days I felt that I wasn’t enough, that I couldn’t do my try-on hauls. But, You know what? That is a SILLY way to think. I decided to re-center myself, stop focussing on the what-ifs and live in the present. I decided to fully let go and give my life to god. To allow God to guide me, hold my hand and lead me where I belong. Once I realized that, I was able to find happiness and joys in the small things. I started to have faith and I started to find ways to cope with my illness. I also realized that God has me exactly where I need to be. If I was not home sick and I was away traveling doing a show; who knows if I would have had the time to start my line? For that, I am grateful.
There are many things that have been helping me to cope with my struggles such as Himalayan Salt Caves, cryotherapy, Reiki, board games and puzzles (lot’s of them), CBD oil (huge advocate of this), Vitamin D and B12, my family, Taylor, friends, my blog, my line, and most importantly Jesus. I recently joined a new church (Genesis LI) and I LOVE it. I feel at home, I have found a community that supports me, is there for me and has welcomed me with open arms. These things worked for me and they are not for everyone. I can only hope that if you are struggling you can find things that help you cope with whatever you are dealing with.
Wow….that is all I can say. I woke up one day from a dream of my Grandma speaking to me. She said, “Floral and scrunchies” in the dream. I remember calling my mom screaming, “Scrunchies! That’s what I am going to do! Scrunchies!” I felt that it was a sign from above and what I needed to do. I was so sick and pushed myself to make it happen. I stayed up for days designing, creating, contacting the right people to help me make my vision come to life. Last week, I achieved one of my lifelong goals and dreams. With the major help of my mom, Taylor, Melissa and Ciara; this was possible. It happened! I launched SHOPYDS ! We sold out of a pattern in just 7 hours. It was so cool and it made me feel so grateful and blessed for the opportunity. God has opened a door I PRAYED for. It was exactly what I needed in my life. And he knew that.
Where am I going?
I am continuing on the path of healing, attending doctor visits, creating, blogging, working and most importantly living. It truly is SO important to think mind over body. The more I tell myself I can, I actually can. It may not be easy, and it may be SO hard, but in the end I will look back and be stronger because of what I went through. This has all made me so appreciative of even the small things. I will NEVER take anything for granted and I want to live life not in fear, but in gratitude, excitement and adventure. I hope this inspires you to continue on your path and to not give up. I know I will be back up on that stage singing, sharing my light and dancing until I drop. Until then, I will continue to live.
Happy Thursday, we are SO close to the weekend. Can I get an amen? I am SO excited to give you more of an inside look at our stay The Ludlow Hotel. We had such a beautiful time celebrating Valentine’s Day and would definitely return. Mr. Darling LOVED it! From the beautiful room views to the unbelievable staff, we were pleasantly surprised with the accommodations and vibes of The Ludlow. We were greeted at the door immediately, with such a warm and inviting welcome. If y’all watched my stories that morning, then you know this was much needed.
As soon as we arrived we found parking directly across the street from the hotel. It is a 24 hour parking garage and we paid $55 for 24 hours; which is typical NYC pricing. Immediately upon approaching the hotel, Mr. Darling said , ” OMG KATZ deli is across and street….wait and BLACKTAP NYC.” Taylor was one happy happy man. We LOVE the shakes at Black tap. We actually were planning on going to Serafina for dinner, but Mr. Darling wanted Katz Deli. We cancelled dinner and had a little picnic by the floor-to ceiling window in our room. We took in the beautiful view from our high 14th floor room and had a yummy feast. The surrounding area had SO many restaurants to choose from and the perfect instagram-worthy photo ops. We found so many cute boutiques and fun picture spots for the gram. This wall was one block up from the hotel. Mr. Darling spotted it the next morning, after running out to grab morning coffee. It is one of my FAVE Yourdarlingstyle shots yet! Shout out to Taylor for finding this location! We were so happy and content with the location and surrounding area of The Ludlow.
Can we talk about how happy he is? LOL Clearly in all his glory with all of this meat…ha ha. The next morning he asked if he could go back for a tongue sandwich. We would take a small romantic casual dinner over a fancy, long sit-down anyway. Our conversations and peaceful night was all we could have asked for that night. Also, the view, made it ALL worth it.
When we first arrived to our room on the 12th floor, we noticed a weird and strong cologne scent. I have very bad allergies and sensitivities to scents, so I immediately called the front desk. Within seconds, staff knocked on our door with new keys and agreed with us that there was a strong odor. We were then brought up to the 14th floor with an even higher view. No odor and clean as can be! Our first impression of the room was how small it was. I have stayed at numerous hotels in New York and this was TINY for the price and two people. If you are traveling alone; then this room is perfect. I suggest staying in the KING sized room and not the queen studio for two people. We were cozy and comfortable and laughed it off, but it was a tight space for Mr. Darling and I. Our favorite part of the room, was the gorgeous marble bathroom. This bathroom was major #bloggergoals . Honestly, Tay was saying I should have brought more things to shoot in that bathroom because the lighting and aesthetic was THAT good. The bathtub had antique hardware and a view of the city skyline. It was romantic, relaxing and everything we had wanted. Mr. Darling asked if he could sleep in the tub LOL!
Our favorite thing about the hotel- was the aesthetic and vibe. The lounge area is surrounded by young people in their 20s socializing and having a drink by the bar. The nightlife was awesome. They had a fire going and it was so cozy and chill. We also loved that we had access to the rooftop. It was such an awesome view and we got some wonderful photos! Another cool thing, was that the rooftop had a side door to get into the gym. They also have a restaurant with French-chic vibes with a dash of American, called Dirty French. This hotel has everything you could possibly ask for in NYC. They even brought me up hypoallergenic sheets for the bed.
This week, I received so many DMs asking me to round up some Valentine’s Day gift ideas for your man. Now; I’d be kidding if I said I have Mr. Darling’s Valentine’s Day gift ready…I clearly do not. I think I have made my final decision on what I am getting, today. Below are Mr. Darling approved Valentine’s Day gifts; so y’all know these are good picks. On another note, I picked up my final samples of my line! I am OVERFLOWING with excitement. Things are about to get so real and SO BUSY!
Scrapbook with InstaX fujifilm Printer and stickers. Okay, so I showed y’all this idea on my stories this week. This has been a HIT! I just bought a blank notebook from Michaels and printed our photos from my phone using my Insta fujifilm printer on polaroid paper. This is a cute, vintage and sentimental idea for you and your man.
Puzzles and Board Games- How cute would it be to make a basket of his favorite games and a puzzle to work on together. Mr. Darling and I are very into Clue and Trouble right now.This is perfect for a date night in!
Duffle Bag and matching backpack-I love the brand Herschel. I bought Taylor this for XMAS and he LOVES LOVES it. It’s great for work, travel and everyday.
Video Game- Mr. Darling is DYING for the new Disney Kingdom of Hearts Game…..hint hint Meghan lol
Sports Tickets and Jersey to a game of his choice- This is such a thoughtful and the perfect experience gift idea.
Nike Joggers and Sneakers to match- I mean you can’t go wrong with Nike…
Record Player with a hand written note inside saying you owe him a home cooked meal and wine with music.
Slippers- Ugg makes the BEST slippers for men. These are great for the homebody and weekend cuddles.
Hot Sauce Making Kit- This is the COOLEST thing for your man if he LOVES to cook. I know this will be a hit with Taylor. Shhh don’t tell him. It’s too too cool not to share with y’all.
Engraved Watch- If your man works corporate or always on the go, this is the PERFECT idea for him. Engrave your anniversary date on the back or initials. Such a cute idea and a timeless classic ;).