WOULD LOVE YOUR FEEDBACK!

*photo from an awesome new-to-me blog, Paige Arminta

For almost five years now, Design Darling has been my digital happy place — a reason to share my favorite people, places, and things with a community of (mostly) women who have similar interests and taste. This little sliver of the internet has grown up with me: I’ve shared everything from my study abroad semester at 20 and moving to San Francisco at 21 to launching my online store at 22, weathering a tough break-up at 23, and sharing my first New York apartment at 24.

Along the way I’ve gotten more comfortable sharing glimpses of my personal styleprofessional milestones, and goals I’ve tackled as part of my 101 in 1001 list. I’ve also struggled with where to draw the line on sharing pieces of my personal life… Travel pictures, yes; dating advice, no. I’ve consistently tried to make this blog a home for the kind of content I want to read, particularly with the recent additions of career spotlights on some of my favorite women in business and shopping finds under $100.

In my continual quest for self-improvement, I’d love to hear your feedback on what you like, what you want more of, and what you could do without. This blog would be nothing without the awesome people who read it and I want to make Design Darling better for all of you. (Especially as I get ready to launch my site redesign — more on that soon!) I’m often surprised by which posts perform best (in terms of comments, social engagement, traffic from Pinterest, etc.) and I’d be lying if I said I don’t get discouraged when a career spotlight, DIY project, or more personal post don’t seem to resonate the way I thought they would. 

So please don’t be afraid to speak up and let me know: what’s your favorite feature? anything from the past you wish I’d bring back? any features you skip over? something you’ve seen elsewhere that you’d like to see a Design Darling spin on? what makes you come to this blog day in and day out? what would make you check in more often? what do you wish I’d do differently? Please keep it constructive but don’t be afraid to be honest with me. I’m looking forward to hearing what you have to say!


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  1. I know this post was from a few days ago, but your blog is always my favorite when it comes to home decor and organization! Obviously, that’s one of your specialties considering your boutique, but Design Darling is where I go for photo inspiration for everything, but especially home decor!! Love it so much!!

    xoxo,
    Meredith | Monogram Meredith

  2. Even if you left it as is, you’d still have one of my favorite blogs. As I’m a travel bee (I’m the girl who interned in Tours last summer, and I’m going back to teach English this fall!), I’d love any travel tips or guides you have. Even just a Tours flashback would make my month. :)
    xoxo Chloe | Wanderlust in the Midwest

  3. Personally, I appreciate the meaningful content (such as career spotlights) much more than, say, outfit posts. An occasional fashion-related post is fun, but won’t keep me coming back like the meatier stuff. I made a 101 in 1001 list and would love more frequent updates on yours!

    Keep up the good work!

  4. I absolutely love your blog and especially your new career section. I would like to see more career spotlights on women who are in the healthcare field or any science careers if you can. I find those really intriguing since we dont always get to hear from their perspectives.
    And i also suggest to share some relationship advice too maybe here and there not often but I think thats apart of life and probably the most confusing part. And maybe articles about making friends in the city or how you stay in touch with some out of the city. It can be hard,

    And finally I really love the restaurant picks. Im a BIG foodie. I would encourage you to try out other boroughs too. Great food all over nyc ! :) keep it up girl! Love love the blog

  5. I know I’m late but I still wanted to give you my feedback.
    I love your blog and would love to see more outfit post since your style is really great.
    The only post I tend to skip over are the NYC recommendations (because I live in Europe) and some of the career spotlights if the certain industry doesn’t really appeal to me.

    In general keep up the great work. I definetly like the light and airy layout and pictures you always have.

    Maja :)

  6. Hi Mackenzie-
    In all honesty, I think you’ve got a great mix of topics on your blog, but I wanted to give you the number one reason I enjoy your blog so much:
    Because you actually post on a regular basis! It’s clear you take this seriously. As a blog follower, there is nothing more disappointing than when you land on someone’s page, only to find out they still haven’t posted again for the 189th day.
    In my mind, it’s like opening the newspaper(in your case, the style section!), only for it to be blank.
    So thank you for taking the time and effort to do this on a regular basis. Obviously, life gets in the way sometimes, but I really love to see new posts from you!

    And the Nantucket pics aren’t hard to look at either! :)

  7. i just thought of a few other things too.

    as a fellow fair skinned redhead i would love your advice on what beauty, clothing colors etc you think suit us well.

    also i am so curious about the lives of bloggers. so an honest post about that would be awesome. like, if there are any perks – free clothes, discounts at sites you feature etc. personally, i hope you do because i often get the idea to buy something from being featured on here. also if you feel like you need to always be out an about to find things to post, or spend lots of time trolling through the internet (or do placed come to you?), how you can monetize a blog, what the reality of being a full time blogger is vs. any ideas you might have had beforehand? how you assess the popularity of posts, how you decide what parts of your life you should share and what not to. those kinds of things.

    and also some book ideas if you are into reading?

    also i have a lot of weddings to attend this summer so posting some great cocktail dresses would be try helpful :)

  8. i just thought of a few other things too.

    as a fellow fair skinned redhead i would love your advice on what beauty, clothing colors etc you think suit us well.

    also i am so curious about the lives of bloggers. so an honest post about that would be awesome. like, if there are any perks – free clothes, discounts at sites you feature etc. personally, i hope you do because i often get the idea to buy something from being featured on here. also if you feel like you need to always be out an about to find things to post, or spend lots of time trolling through the internet (or do placed come to you?), how you can monetize a blog, what the reality of being a full time blogger is vs. any ideas you might have had beforehand? how you assess the popularity of posts, how you decide what parts of your life you should share and what not to. those kinds of things.

    and also some book ideas if you are into reading?

    also i have a lot of weddings to attend this summer so posting some great cocktail dresses would be try helpful :)

  9. i just thought of a few other things too.

    as a fellow fair skinned redhead i would love your advice on what beauty, clothing colors etc you think suit us well.

    also i am so curious about the lives of bloggers. so an honest post about that would be awesome. like, if there are any perks – free clothes, discounts at sites you feature etc. personally, i hope you do because i often get the idea to buy something from being featured on here. also if you feel like you need to always be out an about to find things to post, or spend lots of time trolling through the internet (or do placed come to you?), how you can monetize a blog, what the reality of being a full time blogger is vs. any ideas you might have had beforehand? how you assess the popularity of posts, how you decide what parts of your life you should share and what not to. those kinds of things.

    and also some book ideas if you are into reading?

  10. i have been following your blog for years all the way from new zealand. i really love your blog, i honestly think you do an amazing job. i used to read a lot of different blogs but now being a working mother of two i have a lot less time so really i just have a handful that i read regularly. i think what really sets you apart is that you come across as really genuine. i am all for bloggers making an income from their blogs but sometimes it comes across as so forced when they try to incorporate endorsements, even if the opinions really are their own – this is not at all the case with you.

    i do 80% of my shopping online now – clothing and homewares – but don’t have that much time to wade through everything so i love it when you post great ideas – i almost rely on you and a few other bloggers to do the homework for me! through you i have found online stores like serena and lily and realized what a great selection shopbop has! i love it when there is a great sale on and you post your favorite finds!!

    the career spotlights i really like but a lot of people in the design or fashion industry have blogs so it would be awesome to spotlight some other professions – lawyers, accountants, doctors, teachers etc. i love getting a sneak peek into the lives of people like this.

    i like it when you mix high and low fashion as this is how i dress – splurge on some items, save on others.

    one of my favorite things to follow along is the 101 in 1001 – such great ideas! so i love getting an update on your progress with this – perhaps you could update us more regularly? i think this is a good way for you to share personal anecdotes but not have to over share?

    i like the posts around places to go in nyc – i would love even more of these! or even a guide for people visiting – what area to stay in, cool places to visit, what to skip etc. we travel to the states every year or two and i actually look on here and a cup of jo when deciding where to go when i visit a city – it is super handy and saves me having to spend hours on trip advisor.

    i also like the weekend reading links! on a saturday morning i lie in bed and go through the links suggested on this blog, a cup of jo, and stipes & sequins. again, it’s like you guys wade through everything for me.

    so….basically i love that i have you + the 2 other blogs i read to do all the work for me so i can be lazy :)

  11. I absolutely love love love your blog! I was never a real blog reader/Internet user besides Facebook, but I started reading yours and Carly’s blogs about a year ago and I’m addicted!

    I love your shopping under $100 posts, especially for a recent college grad with a tight budget like mine. The everyday/weekend outfit posts are really inspirational too; they always make me want to step up my game and wear something nice! Currently I’m nannying two little girls this summer and it’s really hard to not want to just throw on workout shorts everyday, and your posts really help me actually put on real clothes haha

    Maybe you could do a post more about cute finds for cheaper too? Like $25-$50? I know you post stuff from Old Navy all the time (love that striped maxi!), which is one of my more frequent stores, so more stuff like that would be awesome.

  12. Hi Mackenzie!!

    Huge fan of your blog being close in age and also living in NYC. I just moved into my first studio after years of living with roommates and I would love more posts on decorating apartments, especially on a budget. Like a budget finds for your apartment post would be amazing! I cannot wait to see how your apartment is coming along.

    Sam

  13. Hey Mackenzie! I agree with everyone above when I say I really enjoy your blog. It’s clear to me that you work very hard to keep it authentic, and I love your style! I would definitely say that I am a huge fan of your outfit posts and all things design – I wish there was more! Your 101 in 1001 lists are so inspirational, and I feel like it really motivates me to get up and make things happen for myself.

    One thing I would love is if your career spotlights focused on people outside of your industry. I know this would probably be a bit of a challenge since you obviously encounter fashion/design people much more than those in other fields. However, as a 24 year old medical student, I feel like there are tons of lawyers, businesspeople, and even grad students that could give a great interview. It would be nice to be able to hear from to someone who may not have a career in design or fashion but who loves it all the same – or even someone who just has a rockin’ career! :)

  14. I love your blog, your aesthetic and your boutique.
    I also really love the career features, but I would like to see a little more diversity – maybe some men or people of color. I get so much inspiration from them but I think seeing all types of people would ice the cake. I also really like your outfit posts, so more of those would be great! I like when you mix high and low so maybe more day to day outfits. I would love if you did like a round up of all the outfits you wear but don’t post to the blog in a feature. Lastly, I think that more like style development – how you came to love navy so much or how to develop your own home style would be really helpful for me.

  15. Mackenzie,

    You are a truly fabulous blogger, and have inspired me along with the inspiration of other blogs to start myself! I really enjoy the outfit posts as well as the weekend reading (finding new little niches of the internet is something I love). I tend to skip the career spotlights because the names are usually not too big, but that is probably just ignorance on my part. I agree with other comments asking for more design posts, I want to start getting into interior design but many other blogs/sites are overwhelming design with nothing else. I feel that design darling would really benefit from seeing more design posts because you have such a great eye! Keep up the amazing work and I’m so excited to see your redesign of the site!

    Julia

  16. Hey Mackenzie. I really enjoy your blog and love that you keep things light-hearted. To echo what a few others have said:

    - Definitely incorporate more affordable items. There are sooo many blogs where the author wears nothing but designer clothes, shoes and bags that they got for FREE. Their readers obviously aren’t so lucky. What 20-something can afford the Valentino shoes that every blogger seems to show off? It doesn’t have to be just Old Navy, there are other cute affordable brands too.
    - More home decor! I think the affordable concept can be applied here too. Home decor can be expensive! How to find affordable decor could be great content. I loved the affordable rugs post you did awhile back. I’d also love to see you invite us into the decorating process rather than just showing the finished room. Maybe you can show the 5 lamps you considered before landing on the one you bought? Something like that.

    Other comments:
    - Post more often! I miss the two-a-days.
    - I skip the career posts because I am a lawyer and already in my professional career but it seems like other readers love them. Obviously you can’t please everyone all the time, so carry on!
    - I also skip the NYC posts because I live in another city and don’t ever plan to move to NYC. Maybe you can get input from friends or readers in other cities and feature great places elsewhere too. Even just one post a month with “5 great spots in X city” would be great for readers who live in or visit those cities too.
    - I agree that I don’t like clicking on a link when I don’t know the manufacturer of the item. I get using an affiliate link, but maybe you can label the items like “Joie Sandals” rather than just linking to Shopbop with an affiliate link. Personally, I only click links for items I know I can afford. Not being able to see the designer stops me from clicking at all, where as I would have clicked on a cute item that I knew was in my price range. Just an idea.

    Overall I think you are doing a great job!

  17. Hey Mackenzie. I really enjoy your blog and love that you keep things light-hearted. To echo what a few others have said:

    - Definitely incorporate more affordable items. There are sooo many blogs where the author wears nothing but designer clothes, shoes and bags that they got for FREE. Their readers obviously aren’t so lucky. What 20-something can afford the Valentino shoes that every blogger seems to show off? It doesn’t have to be just Old Navy, there are other cute affordable brands too.
    - More home decor! I think the affordable concept can be applied here too. Home decor can be expensive! How to find affordable decor could be great content. I loved the affordable rugs post you did awhile back. I’d also love to see you invite us into the decorating process rather than just showing the finished room. Maybe you can show the 5 lamps you considered before landing on the one you bought? Something like that.

    Other comments:
    - Post more often! I miss the two-a-days.
    - I skip the career posts because I am a lawyer and already in my professional career but it seems like other readers love them. Obviously you can’t please everyone all the time, so carry on!
    - I also skip the NYC posts because I live in another city and don’t ever plan to move to NYC. Maybe you can get input from friends or readers in other cities and feature great places elsewhere too. Even just one post a month with “5 great spots in X city” would be great for readers who live in or visit those cities too.
    - I agree that I don’t like clicking on a link when I don’t know the manufacturer of the item. I get using an affiliate link, but maybe you can label the items like “Joie Sandals” rather than just linking to Shopbop with an affiliate link. Personally, I only click links for items I know I can afford. Not being able to see the designer stops me from clicking at all, where as I would have clicked on a cute item that I knew was in my price range. Just an idea.

    Overall I think you are doing a great job!

  18. I just have to say that I am so impressed with you – and this post! I used to be a big fan of Carly’s as well, but as another commenter mentioned, she just doesn’t seem to have “grown up” – too often I read her posts and feel that she is out of touch (and even more often, I read her responses to readers and feel she lacks poise). I know you’re good friends and could never ask you to distance yourself from her for the sake of your brand – I just want you to know that I definitely prefer your style and presentation of blogging to hers these days. I suppose I only want for you to continue growing as I can definitely relate to you now – as I once could relate to Carly – and I hope you don’t get stuck in a rut with blogging, as it seems she has… but that you’re asking for our feedback alone tells me that I’ll continue to enjoy reading!

    Thanks for listening! Can’t wait to see the redesign!

  19. Hi Mackenzie! As many readers have said thus far, you will never fully please everyone. I tend to head here more for your fashion/style posts than anything else; however I do also enjoy the interior design. As I live in Connecticut (just a few miles from Darien!) I often find myself in Manhattan and it’s always fun to try out some of the places you’ve suggested. Perhaps you could add more than just restaurants- your go-to spas/salons, fun places to just hang out, etc. Places that only the true New Yorker discovers!
    I’m also in Nantucket during the summer which leads me to my next suggestion- suggestions from YOU about more cool spots in Nantucket!
    Nevertheless I love your blog and will continue to be a loyal reader. Thank you for sharing (some of) your life with us!

  20. Mackenzie-
    Love this post and your willingness to accept feedback! I also live in a small studio apartment so I would love more tips and tricks for how to decorate a small space. I also would love more under 100 style posts- maybe expand these to home decor as well? Definitely keep the career spotlights coming- these are so inspiring! Lastly, I know you have touched on this before, but continued posts on how to successfully run a blog would be helpful for someone like me who dreams of doing that as a career. Keep up the good work- your blog is one of the highlights of my day!!

    ~Lindsay

  21. Hi Mackenzie,

    I’ve been a reader for about three years now and through many Google Reader/Bloglovin shuffles, Design Darling has remained one of my favorite read. As others have mentioned, I love that you share fun and relevant parts of your life while maintaining a sense of professionalism. It’s evident that you put a lot of thought and effort into creating quality content, which is something your readers really value.

    Firstly, I’ll add my voice to the list of above commenters requested more budget-friendly versions of the gorgeous designer items you feature. I’ve bought a handful of “splurge” items after seeing them featured here, but your taste is so great that I wish I could afford them more frequently! I also really like the weekend links posts- it’s a fun list to click through when I have a few spare minutes on Friday afternoons.

    Secondly, I’d love to hear more about your personal career trajectory. I was also a French major in college and have found myself in a job that I like but I’m not passionate about. Hearing about the challenges you’ve faced in building your brand, risks that have paid off and how you’ve culled relevant skills from your job experiences would be awesome!

    Thanks for being so open with reader input, looking forward to reading more in the future!

  22. I’ve been reading your blog since you launched it!! Go get ‘em girlfriend. I love reading about your personal life (probably because you are my friend in real life tehe). I also am really enjoying your career spotlights and travel guides, I am always looking for new spots to try in NYC! Anything under 50/100 is awesome too – always looking for good steals and new sites to check out! would love to see more of that.

    keep up your amazing work! this blog will always be a daily read!! xo

  23. Kacky — Thank you for reading every day! That means the world to me. I’m happy to hear the career spotlights are getting you inspired for life after graduation. I hope that if I won’t lose you on shopping posts if I incorporate more affordable finds going forward. Thank you for the constructive feedback and best of luck with your senior year!

    Reagan — I love that idea! I’ve often searched in vain for the best makeup for redheads so I think it’s high time to create that kind of content here. More NYC and Nantucket posts are also in the works! Redheads unite :)

  24. Sweet Southern Prep — Right back at you!!! I can’t believe you’ve been reading since 2009. I cringe thinking about those early posts! We must meet up one of these days. Dallas 2015?!

    XXX — Thank you for your feedback. I do try to keep my blog professional and relatable so I appreciate you taking notice and making Design Darling a daily visit. Both my blog and my boutique could not exist without the other — I could not support myself financially off of just the blog and I couldn’t run the boutique without the support of blog readers who become customers. I do have several goals on my 101 in 1001 list pertaining to cooking and beauty so stay tuned! I appreciate your honesty about working with Carly; however, I will say that I value her friendship very highly and we’ve had a lot of fun working together over the years. Our blogs definitely hit different demographics which means we don’t directly compete with one another and can support each other’s various ventures. Thank you again — I really appreciate your insights!

    Vett — I so appreciate your comments each week! I’m glad you find a little inspiration here to keep expanding your blog and business. You can do it! I’ll work on more splurge/save posts and keep up the progress on my 101 in 1001 list. Thanks for weighing in!

  25. I would love to see more decorating posts and more on beauty regimens. I too am a fellow red-head with fair skin and would love to see make-up routines, beauty product reviews, etc. Your blog is one of my faves!

  26. Hi Mackenzie!

    Well I’ve been reading for a LONG time, or so it seems. Your blog is still top on my Daily Reads list and is actually the first one I ready every day. It never ceases to bring laughter, inspiration, or motivation. I love how it has transformed from mainly fashion to interior decorating, design, and career focus. I love, love, love your career spotlights. As a rising senior in college, it is such an inspiration to see women who land jobs they want and how they did it. So keep that up in my opinion! Also, I think you should do more outfit/style posts and NYC places/guide (for my eventual trip). I like your shopping posts but I don’t love them if I’m being honest. They’re great but don’t think they’re very accessible to a lot of us readers. Overall, your blog is fantastic and cannot wait to see the redesign!

    Best,
    Kacky

    http://www.galsandgrace.blogspot.com

  27. I only read a few blogs religiously and yours is one! I really admire you being a business owner and blogger who still comes off very kind and relatable. As my business grows, it’s motivation to keep blogging and running my business.

    Also love the career spotlights — even if I’m not interested in their career field, I love reading about women making their dreams a reality.

    I like your style posts — when you share the splurge and save items.

    Seeing you cross items off your 101 list is also very interesting.

    keep up the great work :)!

  28. Mackenzie:

    First of all THANK YOU, for seeking input from your readers on how to better your blog. I am very impressed by your self-awareness, need for honest feedback, and professionalism you exude at all times.

    I’ve been reading your blog for about a year or so. At first I would only read it sometimes but it has quickly become a daily read.

    What I love most about your blog is that you are a businesswoman first and a blogger second. Too many bloggers these days call blogging a full-time job and then complain about being busy/stressed/whatever. As a young working professional that is unrelatable to me. Your blog meanwhile, has remained fresh and relatable.

    So, keep expanding your business. I would love to see some original Design Darling items (which I know are in the works!) and I am thankful that you have shared your career goals.

    I have really enjoyed your career features. I would love to see some cooking posts- I know many of your readers also can relate to having small kitchens and a limited budget. Some more beauty posts would be nice too.

    I know personal posts are tricky, and I think you have done an excellent job navigating that balance.

    Your honest approach to blogging has slowly made you become one of my favorite bloggers.

    One minor constructive point- I think collaborations with The College Prepster weaken your brand. Her brand and blog have rapidly gone downhill and her demographic has shifted from undergrads and grad students to pre-teens, which is not your target demographic.

  29. I’ve loved everything about your blog, since the very beginning. You were one of the first blogs I started reading – even way back before you launched the boutique, Design Darling. I loved living vicariously through you when you had the separate blog about studying abroad. Can’t believe how much your site has grown! Good luck with the rest of your success, and keep up the hard work! I know it pays off!!

    And I still hate you had to miss Dallas this April. One day we will meet! ;)

  30. Olivia — I’ll definitely do a “day in the life” post! Here are a few posts on growing my blog, launching a business, etc.:

    http://www.mackenziehoran.com/2012/10/thoughts-on-self-employment-and.html

    http://www.mackenziehoran.com/2013/01/5-resources-for-launching-small-business.html

    I also do a lot of guest posts on those subjects! You can find the links to every post on my Twitter, where I retweet the bloggers who have interviewed me. Here are a couple recent ones:

    http://thepreppypostgrad.com/2014/06/18/mackenzie-horan-design-darling/

    http://thefoxandshe.com/mackenzie-horan/

    apeaceofperu — Thanks for the feedback! That’s really good to know. I tend to feature creative businesswomen because those are the people I’ve met (and identified with) through blogging over the years. If I connect with a non-profit employee or pro athlete one of these days, I would be thrilled to feature them!

  31. I’ve been following your blog for awhile now, and I have to say I love most posts. I especially loved the career spotlight when you first started it, but it’s become something I only skim now. All of the posts seemed to feature women in creative fields (clothes and jewelry designers, an interior decorator). I was thrilled to see the most recent one on a nutritionist and restaurant owner. How about one on a woman working in the non- profit world, or a professional athlete? Mix it up some more!

  32. Hi Mackenzie!
    I am new follower to the blog so I might have missed some things that you have already done but here are some things I would love to read about.
    -Day to Day life in NYC. As a Texan who has always wanted to live in New York but only made it as far north as Washington, DC, I like to live vicariously through you.
    -I also would like to see a “day in the life of mackenzie”.
    -Also more advice on growing your blog into a business or more background story.

    Again, I am new so I apologize if you have already done these, but I look forward to reading daily!
    Keep up the great work :)
    -Olivia

  33. Mary — Great to know there’s a lot of interest in budget-friendly alternatives. Thanks so much for weighing in!

    Al — That’s so strange about the giveaway widgets! I will email Rafflecopter to figure out how to fix it going forward. Hopefully with the new site there will be fewer issues with coding, loading, etc.! Thanks for letting me know.

    Paige — Anytime and right back at you! Keep up the great work.

    Grace — Good to know the interior content resonates well! I sometimes feel bad that I don’t have more space to decorate and redecorate (like right now I wish I had a space I could wallpaper!) so it’s good to know that you’re still interested in design posts even if they’re not photos of my place. Thanks for the positive reinforcement!

  34. I initially found your blog through apt tour on Glitter Guide and fell in love with your taste in interiors–now I read content across all of your wonderful features everyday.

    That said, I’d love more interior design content (even your posts that borrowed images from homes on Veranda, Elle Decor, etc. were such yummy inspiration and so beautifully curated).

    Keep it up! You’re my fave.

  35. I am so beyond excited that you have found my blog!! Your blog is out of this world amazing. I love everything about it! I just wanted to thank you so much for this post. I am so new to all of this and this post alone has helped me so much! Not just with views, but confidence too. I cannot thank you enough. You are amazing. I cant wait to see more!
    xoxo
    Paige
    http://www.paigearminta.com

  36. I love your blog. My favorite posts are those related to interior decorating and fashion, but especially interior decorating. I’d love to see more photos of how you designed your apartment (within your comfort zone, naturally) as well as some of your own personal outfits.

    Like a few others, I’d love to see more affordable items. I like a lot of the brands you feature but I can’t afford a lot of them at the moment. I’d like to see more things under $75 or even $50.

    I like the career spotlights because it gives me a glimpse into career ideas.

    I love your boutique, too!

    One last thing, I check your blog in a regular format–no RSS feed or anything–but the widgets on your blog for giveaways never ever show up. I’ve seen some people write the same thing but I don’t know how common it is for you or what the problem could be. I can see them all the time on other people’s when they have contests or giveaways and am able to enter/log-in and do whatever tasks in order to participate. Sometimes other features for perusing items you discussed don’t work and there’s a busy symbol that keeps scrolling.

    Anyway, looking forward to future posts as always!

  37. So funny you’re asking readers for input – I did the same today on my blog!

    Anyway, I love your blog. The more navy, white and hot pink the better!

    Maybe offer some cheaper options? I always swoon over the gorgeous items you showcase and then wince when I click through lol! Even if you don’t I will still read. You have a sweet and unique perspective and I enjoy reading your blog daily! :)

  38. Zoe — Two and a half years? Wow! Thanks for sticking with me :) I’m going to put a “typical day” post on my to do list… The perfect way to let you all know what I’m doing without over-sharing! Thanks for the fun idea.

    Amy — Thank you so much for the kind words! Sounds like I should get back to posting more than once a day :) I’d be happy to share a little more about my business… I tend to answer lots of emails about it but maybe it would be helpful to do a Q&A post or video. Thanks for the suggestion!

    Hunter — You are always one of the first people to comment in the morning and it never fails to make my day so THANK YOU! I’ll try to ramp up my outfit posts now that it’s not frigid in NYC. Thanks again!

    Char — Congrats on finishing year one! It’s all uphill from there, promise ;) I have a few really fun career spotlights lined up and I’m constantly brainstorming new women I want to feature! Thanks for the positive feedback.

  39. I love your career spotlights on women! I just finished my freshmen year of college and am trying to figure out what career path I want to take and work towards. Seeing such successful women with lives and families really inspires me to keep pushing forward! I check everyday for new posts!

    Char

  40. I absolutely love everything about your blog! You have such a great sense of style and I love reading what you have to say. If I could give any advice it would be to post a little more on fashion. I love looking at your outfit posts for fashion inspiration and I would love to see more :)

    Hunter
    Prep on a Budget

  41. Hi Mackenzie! You are, without a doubt, my favorite blogger & I literally visit your page several times a day (even when I know there isn’t a new post). I love the career spotlights, but I want to learn more about YOUR business. I work in a small boutique, and I’m learning so much about the market trips and the buying, and I’d love some perspective from your side of things. I’m sure the buying for Design Darling is different than the buying we do in our store (it’s a high end fashion store called Sassy Boutique in Vero Beach, FL) and I just want the whole story on how you started the boutique, how you buy, and the whole nine yards! I think a twenty-something running her own small business (and looking chic doing it) is so cool, and I want more inspiration to start something of my own! :)

  42. Hi Mackenzie, I love your blog and have been reading it everyday for about two and a half years!! Your outfit posts are always my favorite and agree with previous suggestions about including affordable pieces (Old Nave for the win:)) and also outfits for the office (and looking at different dress codes) and specific events. I am also so interested in your job that I would love to know more about how you manage everything. I know you do not want to get too personal, but a “typical day” post or any other information about being an entrepreneur would be really interesting. I also like your 101 in 1001 updates. Love the blog! Great work!!

  43. CT Cupcake — Thanks for the feedback! Will try to share more on how I take advantage of living in NYC. Sometimes that content stays on Instagram but it’s definitely worth taking the time to reflect and share on here! It sounds like you’re talking about affiliate links, which I use for retailers who pay me a small commission when my readers make a purchase after seeing an item they like on my blog. I always share the designer of each piece in my outfit posts but I’d be happy to add that information if I decide to continue my weekend wardrobe series. For the weekend reading links to articles, other blogs, videos, etc., you should be able to preview the link that’s about to open. Thanks for your suggestions!

  44. Kate — Wow! Thank you for the vote of confidence. Your blog is a gem and so beautifully designed. Keep up the great work!

    Shelby — Thank you so much for your comment! Sounds like the apartment posts are a crowd favorite. Need to step up my decorating game! :)

  45. love the career spotlights and would like to see more 9-5 types in a wide age range.

    NYC cultural features

    Not a fan of the weekend reading with links to click without knowing where it’s being redirected too. Same thing for shopping links, I’d like to know which retailers I’m being taken to, before clicking.

    love design features, esp when there is a spend/save component

  46. chicinthedistrict — Thanks for following up! I’ll look into it.

    Frances — Definitely a little out of my comfort zone (wearing jeans and a t-shirt at the moment!) but I’ll see what I can do! Thanks for the comment.

    Kyra — Congratulations on your graduation! I’m glad the decorating posts are helpful. My new apartment needs a bit of work so I’m excited to get started and document the process! Best of luck with your move! :)

    Kathleen — I love that you have a 101 in 1001 list! Isn’t it the best? I hope you are loving your acrylic tray :) I’m glad the Old Navy posts are such a hit and I’ll ramp up my budget-friendly finds after reading today’s comments! Thanks for the helpful feedback!

  47. My favorites are outfit posts, career spotlights and NYC spots, but what I admire most about you is your taste for home design! More round-ups of products would be great. I especially loved the nautical/neutral/colorful post you did the other day. And obviously pictures of your own apartment :) Keep it up Mackenzie! I love reading Design Darling every day.

  48. Hi Mackenzie!

    Your blog is one of my daily reads, and it’s just fantastic. My favorite posts would have to be the NYC Guides, outfit posts, and anything having to do with home decor! Almost every posts inspires me in some way.

    Design Darling has given me an ideal to shape my own blog around, I admire your content, aesthetic and entrepreneurial spirit. I can only hope that my blog could be even half as amazing as yours, so keep it up!

    And one more thing, your online boutique is incredible. I have a giant wishlist!

    All the best,
    Kate
    http://www.itskatebaldwin.com

  49. Mackenzie, I’ve been reading for about two years and I love love love your posts and your boutique! My roommate bought me the acrylic tray for Christmas this year! Your 101 list inspired me to create my own. I really like the career spotlights, I like reading about how women just like myself are making a name for themselves running their own businesses because its something I would love to do one day. I’m trying to save money and get out of debt so I loved the Old Navy features because their clothes are affordable and would love if you continue features like that using every-day retailers?

  50. I really love this blog! My friend Amy sent me the link about a year ago and I have been reading ever since. I’m 22 years old living in Chicago, just graduated from college, and moving into my first “big girl” apartment in 2 weeks. I have been benefiting from your apartment posts. Seeing that you were able to make the very most out of a tiny space made me less anxious about searching for and signing a lease for a studio in a neighborhood I loved versus a one bedroom somewhere else. I would love to see more apartment features! I also really loved the book shelf styling post. I will be utilizing that as I have a large room divider that will need some attention. I also really love the career spotlights and weekend reading, those links are like a little present that you get to open. I think you do a wonderful job!

    Kyra

  51. Ellie — Love the idea of a save/splurge feature and get the look posts for outfits and interiors. I did do one career spotlight based in Richmond, Virginia, but I’m definitely open to scheduling career features as I travel to new cities. Any suggestions of particular people or places you’d like to see?

    Heather — I have a TON of posts about Nantucket coming up! Where to eat, what to do, and a tidbit about renting Vespas (which I couldn’t recommend more highly!). The new site will also have a massive city guide with recommendations for Nantucket, New York, and new-to-me cities as well. Thank you so much for the helpful feedback!

    DaniMarie — Thank you for the kind words about staying true to myself. I LOVE the idea of featuring women in more traditional office jobs. I don’t doubt that you have just as much style and great advice to offer as the women I’ve already featured. I’m writing down your idea to do outfit posts for upcoming events… I have a friend’s black tie wedding in August that would make a great post! Congratulations on your upcoming wedding — so exciting!!!

  52. I have been a fan of your blog for a long time, but have never commented. I appreciate that you have remained true to yourself, even as your blog has continued to evolve and grow. Thank you.

    Regarding your blog’s content. I like your career spotlight. Going forward, I’d like to see features on women that have more traditional office jobs (i.e., legal, accounting, marketing, etc). We’re a fashionable, fun bunch too! Moreover, I’d like to see professional outfit posts. Maybe a “9-5 Fashion” post, or something along those lines. I know you do not work in a traditional office, but you have great style, and I am confident you could put together some stylish outfit inspirations.I’d also love to see outfit suggestions for special events (i.e., bachelorette parties, bridal showers, weddings, etc). This suggestion is a little selfish because I’m getting married soon :)

  53. Mackenzie, I think you are doing such a great job right now and your blog is always one of my favorites to read!

    I love your outfit posts and photos of your apartment because I love your style and it gives me inspiration! I always love travel photos as well, and like I mentioned in my comment yesterday, would love to see more about Nantucket- maybe a little mini travel guide for someone like me who doesn’t know much about the area but would love to visit!

    I think it’s so important to remain genuine in your posts, and this seems like something you stay true to!

    Oh and how could I forget, I love hearing about your adorable boutique and how you manage life as a young female entrepreneur! :) Keep up the great work!

  54. Design Darling is one of my very favorite blogs! I especially feel like it’s so relatable since I’m the same age, live in a city, have a similar personal style, etc (plus I have a 101 in 1001 list too!).

    I love your outfit pictures and especially home design posts. Sometimes I feel like I would love to see slightly less pricey items (favorites under 50, 100, and 200 maybe instead of all being lumped together). I think you would also have great crave/save or splurge/steal posts! My last idea is “steal the look” posts where you pull together pieces to copy an outfit or a room.

    Can’t wait to see new updates!
    Also, are your career spotlights only going to be for NYC based ladies?

  55. Kelly Marie — Awesome to know the career spotlights are helpful. Any fields or industries you’re particularly interested in? I tend to stick to fashion, lifestyle, etc. but I’m open to branching out a bit!

    Jill — More style posts coming right up! Thanks so much for weighing in.

  56. Sylvia — Thank you so much for the rave review! I’ll keep the career spotlights coming :)

    Mary Kate — I’m SO glad you’re enjoying the Old Navy outfit posts! I have a few more pieces from them that I could style for upcoming posts. Thanks for the feedback!

    chicinthedistrict — I love the idea of adding budget-friendly suggestions next to pricier items. Will do! Are you reading on the blog or in an RSS feed? If you let me know where you’re having trouble seeing images, I can ask my graphic designer to look into it. Thanks!

  57. i love your blog and one of my favorite posts you do are your “weekend wardrobe” ones — i look forward to those every friday! you put together some amazing outfits!

    on and i love your actual outfits that you wear too- so stylish!! :)

    -jill
    redlipswontquit.blogspot.com

  58. Hi Mackenzie! I absolutely love your blog. I also love your style but cannot afford many of the items you post. Perhaps you could post more items that are more affordable items of those you’re coveting?! Just a thought :) I also hope that with the site redesign, more images on the site show up (often there are little x’s where an image should be). Again… LOVE your blog and love living in NYC vicariously through you.

  59. I absolutely love your blog! I think my favorite features are the career spotlights and outfits, of course! I really like it when you have more affordable centered outfits as well, like an Old Navy dress, for example. More looks for less would be great! And , of course, I love your decor posts and the DIY projects.

  60. Oh forgot to mention that the career spotlights are wonderful it helps me so much being in london and not knowing how to start my own business etc it’s just so helpful to me and many more i am sure

  61. In all honest Mackenzie you could not do better :) you are an amazing girl, blogger and inspiration! I don’t comment often enough on the blog but read it EVERYDAY … (more than once sometimes but shhh) I love your style and how much you share about your life in NYC (my dream place to live) I follow your blog simply because it is PERFECT and because I feel like I know you and come and visit my ‘internet friend”s little happy place :)

    My favourite posts (if it helps) are definitely outfits because you could wear bin bags you would look gorgeous and also home decor and of course NYC!
    Anything new you will bring to this blog will be a wonder I am sure of that!

    xo Sylvia :)

    http://instagram.com/sylviassparkles

  62. Bonnie — That is great feedback. Thank you! More outfit posts it is :)

    Jess — Agreed 100%. Thanks for taking the time to comment!

    Portuguese Prepster — You got it! I have a feeling a lot of people are going to want more design posts. I’m excited to make it happen!

    Here’s To The Fancy Shoes — It means a lot that you think there’s an appropriate mix of personal and professional around here. I’ll brainstorm some fun video ideas to work on with my brothers! Did you see the Christmas and recipe videos I did a few months ago? https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVxV9sA_kH03Q4KsNielaWw

  63. I really enjoy your blog because I am a 23 year old girl living in NYC so I can frequently relate to your posts. I love that your blog has a healthy balance of different topics, very refreshing from what is out there today! I’d enjoy some more step by step posts of decorating your apartment, a little more insight into your thought process and design ideas?

  64. You’ll never please everyone so just get that thought out of the way! For example, I am not a huge fan of the career spotlights, because I like the blog when it reflects what you like/dislike/realities of your day to day even when it’s good or bad. As a mom to 5 kids, career spotlights don’t really reflect where I am in life! But that doesn’t make the career spotlights unworthy content. Blogs should be a reflection of the author in a whole way. Meaning it is an honest thoughtful place for that person to post things that relate to their life. I would say you do a great job of this, and if there is something that people don’t particularly like, well thank goodness we have the freewill to just click on to the next blog we read!

  65. Long time follower (but on RSS feed so I rarely comment- Sorry!) I love pretty much everything you do. I love your NYC picks, career spotlights, weekend reading, interior design and your personal outfit posts. Like I said… pretty much everything :) The only thing I sometimes skip over are your “weekend wardrobe” posts they are a bit simple in appearance and your personal outfit posts are so much cuter! Keep on keeping on!

    -Bonnie