A Note From The Editor: The outdoors are calling as we head into the warmer months, so we think this article from FabFitFun is perfectly timed to refresh a sense of adventure and to remind us to see beyond a screen. For more inspiring content, be sure to check out the latest from FFF by visiting their magazine, here.

There is something about exploring nature by foot that cannot be explained. Simply driving through an area or seeing pictures never does a place justice. Smelling the air, seeing the leaves and flowers firsthand, and challenging yourself to accomplish a hike you thought would be too difficult is such a rush. You go girl!

We want to share with you some of the best places to experience hiking in nature. There are too many uh-mazing places to choose from, not only in the world, but right here in the U.S. We have included only a handful of places to explore below, but encourage you to look into Arizona, Colorado, and Hawaii as places you may want to adventure, too. Happy trails to you!

The promises of wedding vows made with the best of intentions get tested when life — past and present — shows up. We are dynamic individuals growing and changing as we navigate life. Sometimes, a relationship cannot sustain under the pressures of change, struggle, illness, betrayal, and differing desires to make a marriage work.

Much is invested in preparation for the wedding while the statistics of divorce are a stark contrast to wedding day bliss. Many marriages do not survive today. Some statistics have that number between 40-50% for first marriages and the odds of divorce increase for second and third marriages.

When a marriage is in crisis, love is stretched. Faith is tested. Dreams feel like they become more distant.

In yet another reason we can’t wait for summer, Warner Bros. just released an extended trailer for the film adaptation of Jojo Moyes’ best-selling book Me Before You, which hits theaters on June 3rd. Sometimes, you just need a good cathartic cry and this film promises to deliver just that via a heartstring-tugging love story portrayed Game of Thrones’  Emilia Clarke and Hunger Games’  Sam Claflin.

Watch the extended trailer, below.

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A Note From Our Guest Editor*, Estée: I’ve loved Darling magazine ever since the first issue I read, which was introduced to me by my friend Ingrid Nilsen. When I was asked by the team to write an article for the magazine, I was absolutely thrilled. The whole day for the photoshoot was magnificent, I had such a fun day and the whole shoot took me out of my comfort zone, something I’m very thankful for as I was so happy with how the pictures turned out. Make sure you check out the video included in the post! 

This was hands down one of the best experiences of my entire life. It was as wonderful as it seems and the team was so great to work with. We listened to cool music, I got to wear clothes I never would have normally worn and I got to try being a model for today. Oh, and Darling got me a chicken parm sandwich for lunch which I’m still daydreaming about!

Because it can be such a new and exciting — yet exhausting and disorienting — time, we wanted to share this article from our friends at the Glitter Guide. We think this info is incredibly practical and encouraging for new moms and moms-to-be. Have your own wisdom to share? Let us know your tips in the comments!

From GG’s 

Like so many women say, being a mom is the most rewarding, joyful and challenging part of my life. It’s hard to believe that my daughter, Piper, is almost 8 months old! I’ve learned a lot in my motherhood journey so far — and one of the biggest things I’ve learned is how precious our time is. It’s hard not to feel burned out when you’re trying to juggle it all — working full-time while being a present mother, wife and friend, as well as keeping up with household tasks like laundry, trying to make your own organic baby food, the list goes on!

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I wore a pale yellow sleeveless floor-length gown with a beaded bodice.  My braces sparkled, and my hair was in a French braid.  My curled bangs were plastered with so much hairspray I was terrified someone would light a candle next to me and I’d instantly go up in flames.

This was my initiation into the world of being a bridesmaid. My mom was getting remarried and asked me to be her maid of honor. I don’t think I did any of the things a maid of honor is supposed to do. But I wore that yellow dress with conviction and stood proudly next to her on a rainy day in March in a tiny Dallas church with emerald green carpet.

A few weekends ago I was a bridesmaid for the 17th time. When I tell people how many weddings I’ve been in, the response I usually get is, “You’re like that girl in 27 Dresses.”  Outwardly, I laugh, but inwardly pray I meet someone well before being a bridesmaid that many times.

This season is all about new-ness. Tiny buds. Fresh blooms. Clean morning rain that ushers out the dry and ushers in the … spring! And with those extra hours of sunlight can come extra incentive to refresh your space, beginning with cleaning your space(s), which is where Seventh Generation comes in.

We know too well how many undisclosed, hidden ingredients lurk around our home in everything from lotions to lampshades. While we might not be able to completely eradicate every impurity from our lives, knowing there are companies out there that take the guesswork out of the products we use is a huge help. Plant-based Seventh Generation is one such company leading the charge for the cleaning industry to honestly disclose its ingredients via their #ComeClean campaign. On top of advocating for better environmental and industry practices, their cleaning supplies provide mindful solutions for the air, surfaces, fabrics, pets and people within our homes – all so we can clean with a good conscience.

But choosing safe, quality products is just the start. That’s why we’ve partnered with Seventh Generation to help you get the most out of spring cleaning with a no-stress schedule for tackling all those to-be-freshed-up places. Here’s to keeping it light, right … and a breeze.

Hope budding from unexpected places. Bursts of color from darkened earth. Isn’t that what this season — spring — is all about?

Today we’re excited to introduce you to Rebekah Pahl, a singer and songwriter creating her first EP that’s doing exactly that, revealing how a seemingly barren, dry season can give way to river of inspiration. Click through to learn more about Rebekah’s story, how the desert fosters her creativity, and to hear a snippet of the voice you’re (for sure) going to want to hear more of.

A Note From Our Guest Editor*, Estée: By Terry is one of my favourite make-up brands, I wanted to be able to share the very best products from the brand because there are so many to chose from. By Terry has some of the best quality makeup and skincare I have ever tried and all of the products smell subtly of rose. Everything can be suited to such a natural daytime look, but can also be amped up for evening. Although some of the products are a little more expensive, they are well worth the investment.  

There’s no denying that I love the brand By Terry, as my love for their foundation & concealer has been well documented over on my YouTube channel. But there are so many other products which are hidden gems!

Have you often been told you’re ‘too sensitive’? Are you easily affected by the moods of others? Do you seem to notice subtleties in your environment that other people don’t? Can you ‘mind-read’ the emotions of others without them telling you how they’re feeling? Do big crowds make you uncomfortable? Are you averse to watching violence on TV? 

Do you cry easily? Would you do far worse on a task if someone was watching you perform it than you would if you were able to do it without supervision? Do you feel the need to retreat and recharge often, almost as if you had an internal battery that easily runs out of steam?

If you answered yes to many of the above questions (you can take a full quiz here), chances are you may be what is referred to as a Highly Sensitive Person, or HSP. Though you may feel like you don’t fit in, or that there’s something ‘wrong’ with you as a result of these characteristics, the truth is that this collection of attributes is found in 15-20% of the population.

On the verge of eating all the chocolate bunnies and Easter candies? …that’s just us? Ok, well, thankfully we have our friends at The Chalkboard keeping us on the healthy tasty train with their latest article. The below is an excellent reminder of why we should sandwich a salad in between all those sweets …

From romaine and chard to mustard and dandelion greens, forget the apple a day and stockpile these eight delicious leafy greens we can’t live without. Greens, greens, and more greens. Filled leaf to leaf with potent nutrients, leafy greens are loaded with fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, essential omega 3s and chlorophyll. They are truly some of the most potent superfoods we can add to our diets!

Besides the night markets, beautiful temples, and flavorful Thai food of Chiang Mai, Thailand, don’t miss the opportunity to get up close and personal with the elephants at the Elephant Nature Park.

It was not too long ago that we thought it was acceptable to ride elephants, watch them perform tricks at the circus, steal their ivory for products and carry humans through jungles, often by poking and prodding elephants with sharp metal objects to get them to obey all so we could have a Jungle Book experience. If anyone has watched the documentary For the Love of Elephants on HBO, you will quickly understand that elephants are actually feeling creatures and can be harmed by the mistakes and abuse of humans.

A glassware company that produces striking hand blown carafes and glasses, Bib & Sola offers a stylish and conscious alternative to plastic bottles. The brand’s founder, Kira Heuer, is adamant about reducing plastic waste and providing clean water solutions. Through Bib & Sola’s colorful pieces, she aims to do both, believing that their beauty has more power to inspire education and change than anything else — a concept she calls, “Aesthetic Activism.”

We recently had the chance to connect with Kira and learn more about Bib & Sola’s story, its Aesthetic Activism campaign, and the difference that using glass instead of plastic can make.

I was struck by this quote by my friend and Darling contributor Katherine Wolf from her newly released book Hope Heals:

I imagine most of us have fairly straightforward pictures in our heads about what our lives will look like and who we’ll become. When something happens that is not inside the four corners of that picture we view it as a detour and hope to get back on track as quickly as possible. So what happens when you take a detour and can’t ever get back to the original picture?

Spring has officially sprung, and this year’s Pantone colors have me dreaming of soft pastels for our Easter table. DIY’ing your own décor or accents can save you money, but more so, will make any holiday that much more special. I completed this project with a three-year-old, and it was so fun to watch her excitement as the linens changed colors; little moments like that make DIY projects much more memorable than simply buying retail goods.

We’re all artists in our own way. Sometimes, we just need some help getting in the zone, especially living amidst so much distraction, noise, and technology. We’ve recently discovered Sonia Mandeville, of So Sonia on YouTube, and are smitten. She’s not your average vlogger. She’s a 17-year-old creative filmmaker, writer, and visual artist from Jakarta, Indonesia who travels the world to gain inspiration for her art.

In fact, this is what Rainn Wilson, beloved actor and founder of SoulPancake, had to say about her when we asked …

Crawling through commuter gridlock, I caught the infectious strains of Houndmouth’s folk rock tribute to the red rock city of Sedona: Hey Little Hollywood / You’re gone but you’re not forgot / You got the cash but your credit’s no good / You flipped the script and you shot the plot. Less than a year later, I quit my job in entertainment law, vacated my Los Angeles apartment, and hightailed it into Arizona.

Sedona earned its nickname “Little Hollywood” as the prime filming location for golden age Westerns starring the likes of John Wayne, Hedy Lamarr, and Joan Crawford. Today the city remains a hub of culture, clean eating, outdoor adventure, spiritual healing, golf retreats, wineries, and specialty shopping.

Here’s how to make the most of your time in Sedona:

Take a deep breath. Can you smell that? A slight crispness in the air, followed by a touch of jasmine that’s ever so sweet after the rain. Yup. Spring is on its way, and even though we’ve lost an hour, we’re gaining all that serotonin, vitamin D and those fresh blooms in its place.

Maybe that’s why we’ve been loving things lately that represent newness, delight and simplicity. Find out what these spring-infused products are, below.

Though it’s true that starting a socially-conscious company requires much, it’s just as true — maybe even more so — that what one gains through building such a business is worth infinitely more. That is certainly evidenced in the life of Sarah Sternberg, co-founder of Songa Designs, a fashion and jewelry company that harnesses the ability of women working together in Rwanda to employ, empower and equip themselves for a life they never thought possible.

Today we’re chatting with Sarah and also Thamar Mukashyaka, one of the first women to join Songa and who is sharing a first-hand account of how Songa has changed her life.

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Happy St. Patricks Day, friends! It’s the day of green, and in the spirit of eating festively, I’ve compiled a few recipes to bite into this holiday. It’s no secret that green foods are great for you. The following treats are inspired by today’s favorite color — so sip away and bite into these festive recipes as you celebrate the luck of the Irish!

While Los Angeles is a city known for budding actors and beach bums, it’s also a wanted destination for those looking to satisfy their epicurean desires. With little pockets of the city dedicated to various cultures and ethnicities it’s hard not to find the cuisine that you crave. But beyond the traditional restaurant experience is the unique littlemeatsLA.

We find so much inspiration through learning about women who are leaving their mark on the world in a profoundly impactful way. From entrepreneurs and non-profit founders to artists and writers and musicians, women are paving the way in so many different fields as they pursue their passions and develop creative ways to make the world a better place.

Read on to learn about some of the women who are inspiring us lately, and leave us a note in the comments section to let us know whose life path has encouraged you.

We had a blast in Malibu with Kathy Eldon and her daughter, Amy Eldon Turteltaub.

Both are the founders of Creative Visions, a global foundation that supports creative activists using the media and the arts for social impact. They share about their latest venture, “Journey,” a feature film about the life of their son and brother, Dan, in our spring issue. Below we’re inviting you on set for a glimpse into how our day with them came together.

In March of 2015 fashion designer Eileen Fisher launched Vision 2020, a plan to achieve 100% sustainability in her clothing lines within five years. Her courageous ranks have since been joined by notable brands around the world; councils on ethical fashion convene in all corners of the globe to discuss progress, changes and breakthroughs.

And it’s undoubtedly a bold move to begin such a transformation from the top down. But for other designers, this ethical pursuit has been a grassroots passion influencing every stage of production. Tine Mollatt, founder of byTiMo and visionary for conscious consumerism, has sought after a holistic approach to design since 2004. Detailing each element from material sourcing to employee relations and buyer experience, byTimo crafts a uniquely tailored mission that’s deeply rooted in integrity.

You can categorize failure any way you’d like: A malfunction of daily life, the flop of a once brilliant idea, the breakdown of a concept you believed in, but it’s all the same. This  didn’t work. Depending on how badly it didn’t work, you could still be cringing ten years from now.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Many of us spend so much time focusing on the catastrophe itself, we’re unable to step back and see these little fiascos for what they are: Tiny moments where we manufacture our lives. It’s like our life is an assembly line made up of experiences instead of machine parts. You can’t think of your disasters as failures because they are the very essence of maturity. They usher us in to the era of good decision making and wisdom.

The late Robin Williams could incite many a thrilling wonder to life. Perhaps one of his most cherished roles we remember was that of English teacher John Keating in “Dead Poets Society.”

Speaking of those that paved the way before them, Keating aimed to summon the muse for his students. He posed: “They’re not that different from you, are they? … Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they’re destined for great things, just like many of you, their eyes are full of hope, just like you. Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable? Because, you see, [they] are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen, you hear it? Carpe — Hear it? Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day…make your lives extraordinary.”