May 18, 2016

Growing up, I was never much of a breakfast person. I'm pretty weird and actually didn't start eating eggs until a few years ago.  But much like fine wine and good cheese, I have found breakfast food gets better with age. Okay, not the best analogy but ya catch my drift. Unlike my childhood self, I appreciate breakfast now. I'm all about extravagant brunches or trips to the diner when time and money allow but we are busy people and although it's a travesty, brunch is not always an option. When I need something that provides plenty of energy but is also a snap to make, I turn to toast (aka the best think since sliced bread)!

Toast is about as versatile a food there is. Depending how you top it, you can make it sweet, savory, or something in between. We all love our avocado toast but lately my favorite way to slice it (lolz) is with almond butter and strawberries. It is super simple and delish and just as satisfying. I could eat it every day for breakfast but its also a great snack to fuel up after working out too.

It's very important to choose your bread wisely. You may think of bread as a "blank canvas" for the toppings, but then you are mistaken. Picking the right type of toast can make or break a breakfast. Seriously though. My current choice is Ezekiel bread which is a nutrient packed bread made with sprouted grains. Not only is it good for your digestive system but it is low calorie, low carb and delivers a ridiculous amount of health benefits like amino acids, vitamins and fiber. I am not a super health freak so you can trust me on this one. I am the first to recognize that trading our basic foods for their "health-conscious" versions can mean compromising in taste but I'd be the first to attest that Ezekiel bread tastes just as good, if not better than your go-to wheat.

And as with any of my recipes, in order to insure it is truly worthy, it must receive the Darcy seal of approval. 

So break out your toasters and get creative!


May 15, 2016

You know those things in life that you've always wanted to do but just didn't know where to begin? Going to Haiti has always been one of those things for me. So I was so excited that the opportunity to go on a short "Vision Trip" to Haiti recently fell into my lap, and I'll be going along with my one of my best friends in early June. We'll be working with Mission of Hope, a Christian-based organization that serves adults and children throughout the most under-resourced parts of Haiti. While in Haiti we are visiting an orphanage and school and hopefully will be spending some time getting to know the local children and their families.  While my trip will be a quick one (just four days), I am certain that it'll be a powerful one.

Guadalupe getting silly!
In high school, I fell in love with mission work and discovered my passion for service after traveling to an extremely impoverished area of Costa Rica. The most notable thing I took out of my 3-week experience in Costa Rica was the pure happiness of the people we were working with despite their living circumstances. While I was in there, I befriended a girl named Guadalupe who was truly the sweetest seven year old on the planet. Her toothy smile and giggle could literally light up the room. I was shocked when I visited her home towards the end of my trip to find a tin shack with bed sheet walls which housed her family of six.  Despite their lack of material possessions or even a normal working "house," Guadalupe's family was one of the most positive and happy I have ever encountered. Meeting and interacting with them was an experience that was so incredibly humbling.

I am confident that working in Haiti will provide an abundance of other humbling experiences like the ones in Costa Rica and I can't wait to share more about my trip on the blog when I get back to the US!


May 13, 2016

Well, I am officially in my TWENTIES! Wow. This past year has been a year of big changes for me and as cliche as it may sound, I have spent a lot of time thinking about the person I want to be and the life I want to live. I have recognized the importance of an intentionality after making the New Year's resolution to live with more purpose -- along with a resolution to be less klutzy (the latter has proved to be more difficult for me, oops!).

After making an effort to live a little more "unplugged," I have reinvented the way I plan to approach blogging in order to better align the way I blog with my other goals. I hope y'all will follow along as I share my travels (I am gearing up to study abroad in London beginning in September), my go-to recipes, the words I find most inspiring, and a little bit of my creative side (I am officially a declared Communication major with Studio Art and Entrepreneurship minors woot woot)!

I hope you'll find these posts interesting, but if not, no worries! This blog is all about life. Life doesn't fit into perfect little boxes and doesn't always include the picture-perfect outfit (that's not to say a girl can't try!). Life is about living and learning and while it may not always be everything we had mapped out and expected, life has proven time and time again that there SO much hope and inspiration in this world. Despite the fact there will be disappointing times, like this one (read: still working on my clumsiness issues)...

So here goes nothing! I hope you'll follow along with me as I share the bits and pieces of my crazy, awesome, confusing, perfectly imperfect life.

Pumpkin Paintin'

October 23, 2015

I got my Picasso on this past weekend with some pumpkin painting. It was too easy and the end result was super fun! I picked a palate that matched my room (blues, pinks, and a little gold) and got to work! All it takes is a pumpkin (I actually found mine in the produce section of Target) some acrylic paints and paintbrushes. I added a little glitter for some extra flair, because who are we kidding?! I am basically still a kindergartener with the mindset that glitter makes any art project ten times better.

To get the look of my pumpkin, just follow these simple steps:
  1. Paint the pumpkin white (or some solid color).
  2. Add small, rectangular, spaced out strokes of your first color and allow to dry.
  3. Repeat small strokes with the rest of your colors, allowing time for the layers to dry.
  4. Finally add the gold layer and use a damp brush to pick up some glitter. Apply glitter to gold strokes and to the stem of your pumpkin, if desired.
  5. Voila! Pumpkin perfection!

Pro-tip: Lay down a garbage bag under the pumpkin to avoid a glittery, smudgy mess!

Falling for Fall OOTD

October 19, 2015

Hey y'all! Guess who's back in action!?! After a month-long hiatus spent adjusting to sophomore year of college, I am back to blogging (and hopefully back to stay)! First order of business? A very fall photoshoot with my friend Betsy of the Sweet and Chic Prep.  Without further adieu, I give you my first OOTD of autumn (AKA the most beautiful time  of year in North Carolina)!

What are your fave fall fashion trends?! I am currently loving all things suede and any sweater I set my eyes on!

A Personalized Life

September 11, 2015

Anyone who knows me knows that I am obsessed with monograms. I have them everywhere. It can get to me a little much a times, but I just think a monogram is the cutest way to add a personalized and custom touch to your belongings. When I got back to school this year, one of my first orders of business was to personalize my dorm with monograms!

I got a huge set of vinyl monogram stickers from Sticky Bottoms on Etsy and went to town. Her stickers are not only adorable, but very high quality and easy to apply. The owner, Julie, also sells a variety of solid and Lilly Pulitzer patterned vinyl stickers which are a must for any preppy girl.

I tend to stick to Reese Witherspoon's rule of "If it's not moving, monogram it" so you'll see that not only do I have monograms on notebooks and my planner, but my trashcan, phone charger, vanity mirror and desk lamp have been adorned with Sticky Bottoms as well! I mean who can live without a monogrammed trash can???

Somehow I still have a few more monograms left over but I'm sure it won't be long before I find a home for them.

Until then, check out Sticky Bottoms and let me know how you personalize your life!

My Dorm Featuring Southern Spring Co!

August 28, 2015

I am loving being all settled in back at college. Being reunited with my friends and rebuilding a routine has been awesome so far, but one of the best things about sophomore year has to be my dorm room. I am living with one of my best friends in a room that is brand new. My decor this year is streamlined and I tried to make it a little less over-the-top than last year, while still maintaining my preppy style.

My absolute favorite touch to my dorm this year would have to be my lumbar pillow from Southern Spring Co. on Etsy. Not only is it my favorite shade of hot pink, but I also love the diamond monogram and I like to think it adds some refinement to my otherwise very "college" dorm.

Lauren, the owner (yes, we have the same name) of Southern Spring Co. was so sweet to work with and offers lots of ways to customize her products. If you're looking for the perfect (affordable) pillow to spruce up your bed, whether at college or elsewhere, you have to check out her Etsy shop!

I'll be sharing more dorm photos soon! Hope college move-in is going well for y'all! Here's to a seamless transition and an awesome school year!