WEEKEND READING

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Adoring this sweet scalloped dress.

An interesting read on transforming old spaces for fashion week.

A perfect Palm Beach wedding.

Happy Menocal for Paperless Post.

How to create a perfect floor plan for your space.

In case you missed it, my apartment update!

Inside Joanna Hillman’s closet.

Loving this bright pink sweater.

Netflix documentary recommendations.

Seven ways to dress up your s’mores.

This sharp white blazer was made for desk-to-drinks style.

 

3 COCKTAILS TO TRY THIS WEEKEND

Happy Labor Day weekend! I’m up in Nantucket with family and friends ending the summer on a high note. Do follow along on Instagram — I just surpassed 50,000 followers and I am so excited! Here are a few cocktails I’m eyeing to celebrate the final days of August…

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{Mint gimlets}

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{Grapefruit sage mimosas}

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{Apple mojitos}

Whether you’re mixing it up or sticking to classic G&Ts (my favorite!), here are a few must-haves for your end-of-summer happy hour…

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(1) Seeing double cocktail napkins ($32)  (2) One Kings Lane party bucket ($25)  (3) Buoy bottle opener ($38)  (4) Tortoiseshell highballs ($48 for four)  (5) Striped taper candles ($24 for two)  (6) Striped paper straws ($9)  (7) Tory Burch ice bucket ($395)  (8) Tory Burch spongeware bowls ($98 for four)  (9) Pace yourself cocktail napkins ($32)  (10) Margarita salt ($4)  (11) One Kings Lane lanterns ($75 for three)  (12) Anchor wine opener ($40)

Cheers to the long weekend! xx

OUTFIT {J.CREW MIXED MEDIA SWEATER}

My first sweater purchase for fall? J.Crew’s mixed media sweater, in light gray merino and cotton with a blue and white striped shirting back. It’s an unexpected combination that I’m loving for this unexpectedly fall-like weather and that I’ll have in heavy rotation for the next few months. White jeans now, blue jeans later… It’s my kind of wardrobe staple.

J.Crew mixed media sweater

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J.Crew mixed media sweater

J.Crew mixed media sweater ($98 $66 with code ALMOSTFALL)  //  KEP Designs anchor bangle c/o ($150)  //  Clare Viver foldover clutch ($198), also love this one  //  Old Navy white jeans ($15)  //  Alice + Olivia Dina heels (old, still available in black and olive green)

I love the little peek of stripes on the shoulders! How would you style this sweater?

10 UNDER $100

A round-up of favorite finds for you and your home that won’t break the bank.

If you’re having trouble viewing the slideshow above, double check that you’ve enabled plug-ins in your web browser. While we’re on the subject of affordable must-haves, acrylic staplers ($28) and cheeky cocktail napkins ($32 for four) are back in stock in the boutique!

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT WHERE YOU LIVE?

I’ve said before that I probably won’t be in New York forever. I love, love, love this city but it’s not where I see myself running my business or raising a family in the long term. In the time that I’ve been writing Design Darling, I’ve lived in rural Pennsylvania, central France, San Francisco, suburban Connecticut, and now New York. Crazy, right?! And I’ve definitely liked and disliked different things about each place. While it’s fun to daydream about where I might end up next, I’m determined to make the most of every single moment I have in this incredible city (having a 101 in 1001 list helps a lot!). Here are a few of my favorite things about New York…

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The hustle and bustle. The friends I’ve made. My favorite restaurants. Having my family only an hour away. The dog park in Madison Square Park. The city skyline and sunsets over the Hudson River. How tough people are, because New York practically demands it. All the different neighborhoods. How late everything is open. The first weeks of spring and the two months leading up to Christmas. The feeling that I’ll never, ever run out of new experiences to have here.

Tell me: what do you love most about where you live? The coffee shop where the barista knows your name? Having your own backyard? A fun music scene? Team spirit for your favorite sports? Let’s hear it!!!

P.S. My advice for moving to New York.