1. 23 rewards that don’t involve food or shopping.

2. An interview with Ann Mashburn.

3. In love with this tasseled beach bag.

4. Instagram vs. real life. Too funny!

5. Jess looks so put together in this outfit at the farmer’s market.

6. Love this pretty in pink look on Grace.

7. My new (public) wedding board on Pinterest.

8. New arrivals in my online boutique.

9. The perfect spring wedding look on Ali.

10. These are exactly the summer sandals I’ve been searching for — and they’re only $60!

11. This 25-year-old woman is running for Congress. (Californians, take note!) You go girl.

12. This affordable lucite bar cart is back in stock and I can think of about a dozen places for it in our home.


From Design Darling this week:

How I wore J.Crew’s fringy tweed jacket

33 red, white, and blue picks for Memorial Day Weekend

Wedding Wednesday: what we’re up to this weekend on Nantucket!

What to buy from the Nordstrom sale

Current favorites in my online boutique

A new take on my favorite preppy staple


I would happily wear an oxford shirt every single day of the week. Button-down shirts are part of my daily uniform and make me feel instantly put together, even if I’m just wearing jeans and ballet flats. I’d be embarrassed to tell you how many I have hanging in my closet! So it’s no surprise that when I walked into the J.McLaughlin store to pick out my outfit for our blogger event a couple weeks ago, I immediately gravitated toward this striped button-down tunic.

It’s obviously longer than most of the button-down shirts I own and I wasn’t sure how it would look on me given that I’m 5’1″ but I loved the crisp fabric and vertical stripes so I decided to give it a try. And when I spotted this navy leather belt by the checkout counter, I was 100% sold. I might just start belting more of my tops because it’s instantly slimming! I love that it’s a slightly different look than all the other button-down shirts I wear on repeat but still true to my love of preppy staples. I think I was extra happy taking these photos because the outfit is just so me!

Mackenzie Horan wears a J.McLaughlin striped tunic and a navy leather belt with bamboo buckle.

Design Darling's Mackenzie Horan wears Kate Spade cat eye sunglasses, a  J.McLaughlin striped tunic, and a navy leather belt.


Mackenzie Horan wears a J.McLaughlin belted tunic.

A J.McLaughlin striped tunic, navy belt, straw tote, and white jeans on Design Darling.

J.McLaughlin straw tote bag, white skinny jeans, and Steve Madden Carrson  sandals on Design Darling.

Design Darling's Mackenzie Horan in a J.McLaughlin tunic, navy leather belt, white skinny jeans, straw tote bag, and Steve Madden Carrson sandals.

J.McLaughlin striped tunic c/o  //  J.McLaughlin navy leather belt c/o  //  J.McLaughlin straw tote bag c/o

Kate Spade cat eye sunglasses  //  J Brand white skinny jeans  //  Steve Madden Carrson sandals

By the way, if you’re as short as I am, one of my favorite tricks is to look for cropped skinny jeans that I won’t have to hem (#lazy). This pair is my new favorite!

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*Photos by Ali Schilling



I have so many favorite things in my online boutique right now that it’s hard for me not to bring home a new item every day when I leave the office. I love having room in my office space to style new goodies as they arrive but if I’m honest we have duplicates of most of them at home too! I’m always scared something will sell out before I can snag one for myself, haha. Here are a few of my current favorites, new and not-so-new, and where they’re living currently…

design darling blue and white vase ceramic pineapple dish


In our living room:

double gourd vase  //  pineapple dish  //  lime green tube matches

design darling ginger jar prints

In our guest room:

ginger jar art prints

design darling chinoiserie pen cup striped tray

At the office:

chinoiserie pen cup  //  bright abstract pen cup  //  honeycomb pen cup  //  stripe tray

design darling gold pineapple jars banana leaf dishes seersucker napkins

On our dining table:

gold pineapple jar  //  banana leaf appetizer dishes  //  raffia napkin rings  //  seersucker dinner napkins

design darling mirrored tray tortoiseshell candle ahoy matches

At the office:

mirrored tray  //  tortoiseshell candle  //  ahoy matches

design darling overserved cocktail napkins

On our coffee table:

overserved cocktail napkins (tons of styles available!)

design darling striped vases

At the office:

lime stripe vase  //  navy lucky stripe vase  //  turquoise stripe vase  //  taupe lucky stripe vase

design darling lime green tube matches

In our living room:

lime green tube matches

design darling monogrammed pencil cup scalloped desk organizer goals notebook

On my desk:

monogrammed pencil cup  //  Le Pens  //  scalloped cachepot  //  scalloped desk organizer  //  #goals notebook

design darling painted jewelry dishes hot pink tassel earrings

At the office:

ikat jewelry dish  //  gingham jewelry dish  //  Greek key jewelry dish  //  basketweave jewelry dish  //  hot pink tassel earrings

design darling pineapple cachepot worcester jar matches tortoiseshell candle

pineapple cachepot  //  Worcester jar matches  //  tortoiseshell candle

We also have a ton of new jewelry and stationery items in the pipeline so keep your eyes on our new arrivals!


Nordstrom is hosting their half-yearly sale on lots of in-season items from some of my go-to brands. I never purchase anything just because it’s on sale (it can’t be a good deal if it’s nothing something you really want!) so I wanted to round up a few items that happen to be included in the sale but don’t deviate from my classic, preppy-with-a-twist taste.

what to buy from the nordstrom half yearly sale

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eight  //  nine  //  ten  //  eleven  //  twelve  //  thirteen  //  fourteen

fifteen  //  sixteen  //  seventeen  //  eighteen  //  nineteen  //  twenty  //  twenty-one

These are the most comfortable heels I own and right now they’re 40% off in nine colors. If you work in an office (or tend to curse your high heels after a night out) I highly recommend them! I was also surprised to see a couple classic color combinations of Jack Rogers included in the sale so I’d definitely scoop up a pair if you haven’t already — I typically purchase a new pair at the beginning of every summer and then wear them into the ground by Labor Day.

P.S. I didn’t include them in the collage because they don’t feel super summery to me but if these Gucci loafers are still available in your size, I’m going to be insanely jealous. :)

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I mentioned in yesterday’s post that part of our trip to Nantucket this weekend will be spent meeting with different vendors for our wedding on the island next summer. In addition to meeting with our venue and the tent company, we’ve also scheduled meetings with several florists! I’m really excited to get the ball rolling and start brainstorming the fun stuff.

I don’t plan to get too crazy with my bouquet or the centerpieces as I tend to like things super simple and I think the venue is pretty spectacular unto itself. 😉 Fun fact: I worked at a florist on Nantucket the summer I turned seventeen so it would be fun to work with them but we’re definitely keeping our options open! Here are a few ideas that have caught my eye…

A Carolyne Roehm tablescape featuring pink and red garden roses in blue and white porcelain vases on a striped tablecloth.

A Bastille Day tablescape with blue and white hydrangeas on a striped tablecloth.

A Nantucket bride carries a bouquet of coral pink peonies on Main Street.

A wedding floral arrangement featuring garden roses and pink and white peonies in a Nantucket lightship basket.

A white wedding centerpiece with hydrangeas, roses, and candles in glass hurricanes.

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Isn’t the floral arrangement in the Nantucket lightship basket fun? My Grandy carries her lightship basket as an everyday bag so I think it would be such a fun personal touch! (Real lightship baskets cost a pretty penny but here’s an affordable lookalike.) I’d love to hear from any of you who have planned or are planning your own weddings any advice you might have for meeting with your florist for the first time!

P.S. I started a public wedding board on my Pinterest if you want to follow along! You can also view all my Wedding Wednesday archives right here.