Monday, June 13, 2011

We'll be back soon ...

Hey readers, we know we've been kind of MIA for a while.
We've got some tricks up our sleeves and have a few surprises 
in store for you.  We'll be back soon.  xoxo.  darlingsix gang.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Prairie Queen

Being Southern girls, the darling six gang have a genuine appreciation for the fields and the prairie.  What better escape when the mind needs clearing and the soul needs to be alone?  
The plain gives man new and novel sensations of elation, of vastness, 
of romance, of awe, and often nauseating loneliness.
- Walter Prescott Webb, The Great Plains (1931) 

Darling three adds sophistication to the prairie dress with rich gold jewelry,
loose wavy hair, and her favorite accessory, the ukulele.  Long dresses are on trend right now and we love Darling three's ease and stride.  The vast open prairie lets the wind blow true and we find it hard not to fall for the mystique of this lady of the Prairie.

Gap dress, Madewell gold chain, J. Crew necklace, bracelet and headband, and Forever21 platform wedges

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Lights for a party.

We here at the darling six gang love to throw dinner parties.  
When Spring is around the corner and the breeze is just right, there's nothing like having a dinner party outside.  A great way to create the perfect cozy ambience is to throw up some lights.  Here, darling five and six got crafty and attached old soda pop bottles and origami onto some lights.  They truly added that extra special sumthin' to our patio dinner parties.  However you do it, don't forget to play some of your favorite tunes, sit back, and enjoy the meal.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Tried and True

Every once in a while, the darling six gang gets into a wardrobe funk.  It's easy to be uninspired by the clothes we face in our closet everyday.  The quickest cure to our outfit conundrums is to pull out a classic and mix it up with something unexpected.  Here, darling three pairs a classic chambray shirt with an adorable lace pocketed skirt; an easy and pretty fix that makes this chica spring ready. 
Happy Monday.  xo.

Darling four is wearing a Gap chambray shirt, Forever21 lace skirt, booties and necklace, and an American Eagle necklace.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Come and get your fresh fruit tarts!


"Mmmm MM!" as the southern cooking queen, Ms. Paula Dean, would say. Thanks to her lovely collection of delectable recipes us darlings experienced a euphoric moment through our taste buds after indulging in a few of these bite size treats.  Create your own version of these fresh fruit tarts by following Ms. Paula's simple recipe here.

PS - According to darling four, a little bit of lemon zest will go a long way when seeking a burst of spring flavors in these tarts! 

Stone Age Rocks

It's funny when you look back and remember some of the crazy fads that came and went.  Do you remember the geode rock trend?  This was so hot during my elementary years.  Geode rocks are rocks with crystallized interiors.  Their jagged edges and rough corners are made more beautiful from the kaleidoscopic colors of the natural rock.  We would rock this trend by wrapping yarn around the rocks and wear them as necklaces. We had nearly forgotten this fad until lo and behold we found these:

They always say that trends come ago, but these mineral rock necklaces have gone from garish to gorgeous.  With their bright stones and organic shapes, these pieces could easily jazz up any simple outfit. Aren't they fun to look at? We sure think so.  

You can also find more varieties here at Unearthen's online store.

xo.  darling three.

Darling Five's Doodles

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Cigarettes Russes

Delicate and sweet, these cigarette russes are a charming and simple treat that will please any sweet tooth. The rich, chocolate tips truly make the world a better place. Show some love and care to friends and families by sharing a batch of these tasty goodies at a picnic or even as a light dessert. Enjoy!


Makes 30 to 40
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 10 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 large egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped medium fine
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • Vegetable-oil cooking spray


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine sugar, flour, and salt; make a well in the center. Add melted butter, egg whites, cream, and vanilla. Mix until well combined. Refrigerate, covered, for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  2. Heat oven to 425 degrees. place rack in center. Spray two baking sheets (do not use air-cushioned sheets or line with parchment) with vegetable-oil spray. Spoon a heaping tablespoon of batter onto baking sheet. Using the back of a spoon, spread batter into a very thin 6-by-3 1/2-inch oval. Repeat, making three more ovals of batter on the sheet.
  3. Bake just until brown around edges, about 6 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare second baking sheet. Working quickly, use a knife or long metal spatula to transfer a cookie to a work surface; roll around a chopstick or thin wooden dowel, forming a cigarette shape; place on wire rack to cool. Repeat with remaining 3 cookies. If they get too stiff, return baking sheet to oven for 30 seconds. Continue baking and shaping cookies until batter is used up.
  4. Combine chocolate, corn syrup, and remaining 4 tablespoons butter in a double boiler over simmering water; stir occasionally with a rubber spatula until smooth. Let cool slightly. Dip about 1 inch of each cooled cookie into chocolate. Place on a wire rack, with dipped section off the edge, to dry. Store between waxed paper in an airtight container for 2 to 3 days.

Cigarettes Russes - Martha Stewart Recipes

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Original

On a day like today where the sun is nowhere to be found, this picture captures the kind of mood we're in.  James Dean is truly one of the most original figures we have come to admire.  He captured our attention in Rebel Without a Cause.  His deep sense of self and ability to bring a dangerous carelessness in being the underdog/rebel give him that undefinable extra quality that continue to make him irresistible.  Everything he did seemed honest and it's that truth to himself that we can't get enough of.  Here are two of our favorite quotes:

Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.

Only the gentle are ever really strong. 

Inspired.  xo.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Weekend Surprises

to have initiative and courage
The weekend is finally here and spring is just around the corner.  Here at the darlingsix gang, we are already getting spring fever.  We are just itching to go outside and lay in the sun, ride a bike, take a long walk, and try something new.  After all, life is a lot more exciting when we act with gumption.  

We love these real life pictures of Audrey Hepburn, Twiggy, and Katharine Hepburn, taking a break from the everyday demands of life to do something for themselves that's a little bit more on the adventurous side.  Darling one relishes the feeling of the wind breaking against her skin during a fast bike ride.  Darling four is euphoric when she sees dough rise to perfection for a new recipe.  Running with the pups, Luna and Olive, puts some beautiful crimson onto the faces of Darling five and six.  Darling two loves to try new places, meet interesting people and sing through laughter.  And, Darling three's heart gets pumping when she finds the perfect one of a kind treasure after scouring through vintage shops all day.
"If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun."  -Katharine Hepburn
"Pick the day.  Enjoy it - to the hilt.  The day as it comes.  People as they come." -Audrey Hepburn

We couldn't agree more.
Happy weekend. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


It's unbelievable at times to see what goes on in other places in the world.  Our hearts go out to the people in Japan and the unbelievable crisis they continue to face.