by Nickie Bagai

8.30.2013 the new black


Hi! Hope everyone has had a nice week and all the Mommies and Daddies are recovering from all the back to school craziness. Speaking of Fall- Last week I was watching the Ralph Lauren Fall fashion show(here) and I became ecstatic! So much black. I don't know about you but I feel instantly chic in all black. I am inspired. I am thinking of not only incorporating black into my Fall wardrobe but my home as well. My family room would look so rich with graphite walls, black molding, deep brown textured pillows on my saddle brown leather sofa, then making a cover for window seat in brown tweed...and I need a new coffee table. The space is shared with kitchen which is also pictured. Thoughts?

Have a wonderful long weekend and thank you for stopping by:)


Ivory Lace

Top-Banana Republic|Shorts- Old Similar Here|Belt-Old Similar Here|Shoes-Old Similar Here(thank you Amme)|Watch Michael Kors|Necklace-Stella&Dot

Have the most wonderful day!
Photo taken by the talented Jessica Huber.


Insta Weekend August 23, '13

I hope everyone had a fun filled weekend! My weekend started off right: picking up the husband at the airport which is not unusual, he has traveled about 170,000 miles this year, and counting. He had business in Moscow and rather enjoyed the city. I am hoping to join him soon on a future trip! Most of Saturday was spent preparing for a BBQ and learning how to make the proper espresso using my espresso machine...I can't believe I have had that thing for almost a year without touching it. The BBQ was so fun. About 20 close friends came over, and with the help of our "master BBQer" friend Chris, we enjoyed a fabulous meal of filet mignon, heirloom tomato salad with a basil lemon dressing, simple pasta, grilled veggies, pasta salad, garlic bread and an array of sweets after (not to mention some fantastic wines)! Perfect! Sunday morning Shaun made his famous Bloody Caesar, it is the best I have ever had which is why I am sharing his recipe below. We ended the weekend with a walk to downtown Los Altos for dinner with Shaun's mom. Oh and check out a new shop The Botanist. Beautiful display of plants and great gifts for the gardener in your life.

Shaun's Bloody Caesar:

Fill the glass with ice add the following:

2 oz. of good Vodka
splash of Worcestershire Sauce
dash of A.1 Steak Sauce
splash of Tabasco (add more or less for desired spice level)
1/2 teaspoon of Horseradish
1 Cup of Clamato juice
pinch of Celery Salt and fresh ground pepper
Wedge of lime and a celery stick


P.S I picked up a copy of THE September issue..I was not disappointed! LOVE Fall fashion!


Skincare Routine

AM 1|2|3|4 Weekly 1|2 PM 1|2|3|4|5

Skin Care. If you know me, you know this: I am a crazy person when it comes to my skincare routine, and turning forty in a few months has only intensified my obsession! Let me start by saying I LOVE my Clarisonic Mia. My skin is so much smoother having added this amazing tool to my day! I use two different cleansers due to the fact that using a glycolic cleanser(no matter the brand) seems to dry my skin, and you can't remove eye makeup with it hence the above gentle PM cleanser. I must confess that I use a few prescription products: a Retin-A and a lightening treatment. Of course, talk to your doctor about these products and if they are right for you:) A must is a weekly facial. It's not only good for the skin but the soul. The mask pictured above is a mask I make myself and I must say the skin glows after! One last word of advice: SUNSCREEN!!! Always. Everyday!!!

Have a wonderful weekend and thank you stopping by!



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Thank you for stopping by!

Photo Credit: Jessica ( my sister)


Insta Weekend! August 17th-18th '13

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Well, the weekend in Napa was just as fabulous as I thought it would be! Starting with a delish brunch at French Blue, all three of us ladies couldn't resist the Cheddar Biscuit Egg Sandwich with Strawberry Bellinis's. Followed by some light shopping where I just had to add the book, 'What would Audrey Do', to the rest of my Audrey Hepburn book collection. Next on the agenda....Duckhorn for wine!!! Later that evening we dined at the well known Ad Hoc restaurant by Thomas Keller. We enjoyed the scrumptious family style meal that included a fresh salad with ingredients straight from the French Laundry garden. Alas, the weekend had to come to a close and once again, we crossed the foggy Golden Gate Bridge towards home. But before the night end my hubby and I, being Silicon Valley natives, had to catch the new Ashton Kutcher movie, JOBS. Interesting watch!


A Day In Wine Country

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Happy Friday! A day in Wine Country? Yes, please! I am beyond excited, after a crazy (but fun) week of hosting 2-BBQ's, a dinner party which included Shaun's CEO, and a company happy hour with 40+ people, to head north with the girls! Every year Jessica (sister) and Amme (BFF) spend a glorious day of wine tasting, a relaxing lunch, shopping and then out to kids, no husbands! Both ladies have three kids each so we have been counting down the days through our on going three way text. On the agenda this year: French Blue for lunch, as always Duckhorn for tasting (pictured above) and Thomas Keller's ad hoc for dinner. Perfection!

Inspiration board: Usually thinking of a day in Napa Valley, I gravitate towards an easy summer dress, floral perhaps, and sandals. But today I decided to let the colors of Napa inspire me rather than, greens, soft grays and blues. I came up with a very modern clean look with a killer statement bracelet, but still has an ease to it which would work in Napa. Enjoy and have the most wonderful weekend!


Peacock Blue

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What I wore: Top Old Similar Here/Skirt Halogen/Shoes Halogen/Belt Target/Bag Old Similar here/Necklace old Similar Here, ring/ Sunglasses Amazon

photo credit: My hubby:)

Have a wonderful day!



Summer bbq

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Happy Friday! What is your plan for the weekend? Shaun and I are having a few friends over for a BBQ, which should prove interesting because I have never BBQ'd before!! If you know me, you know I LOVE to cook and am completely at home in the kitchen, but the grill? Surprisingly, I've never tried. And Mr. Bagai you ask? Lets just say he has many talents but cooking is not one of them. Wish me luck! Have a wonderful weekend:)



Under the Napa Sun

What I wore to Duckhorn Top-J.Crew/Shorts F21 Old Similar Here/Bag-Stella&Dot/Shoes-Tory Burch Old Similar Here/Sunglasses-Tory Burch Old Similar Here/Jewelry Stella&Dot here,here,here/Watch -Michael Kors

Have a wonderful day and thank you for visiting Darling Audrey!

P.S. Photo credit: The handsome Mr. Bagai.
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