Showing posts with label outfits. Show all posts
Showing posts with label outfits. Show all posts


Looking for an affordable pair of pink scalloped shorts? I've been searching ever since stumbling upon this pin sometime last year. And I can finally say I've found them: the perfect pair of pink scalloped shorts for just $38. I can't resist preppy brights in the summer (more evidence herehere, and here) so this look is something of a seasonal uniform for me. Easy breezy top, bright shorts, comfy flats for walking. And an ice cold lemonade because, hi, have you stepped outside lately?


But back to the shorts. They're the perfect shade of hot pink — not bubblegum, not quite neon — and I can't get enough of the scalloped edge. Yes, linen is prone to wrinkling, but it's also one of the only fabrics I can fathom wearing when the temperature hits 90 in New York. The fact that they match perfectly with my colorblocked espadrilles is just the icing on the cake.

One of the biggest takeaways for me from your feedback a couple weeks ago was that a lot of you want to see more affordable finds mixed in with the more wishlist-worthy items I feature on Design Darling. And I want you to know: I read you loud and clear. Thankfully I'm past my days of scooping up $6 "going out tops" at Forever 21 (why? WHY?), but there are plenty of ways to look preppy, polished, and put together without breaking the bank. Am I still going to splurge on classic pieces I can't live without? 100%. But when I find an awesome $25 t-shirt or $54 dress, you're going to know about it. Deal? Deal.

Henri Bendel bag c/o ($478)  //  C. Wonder sunglasses (old, similar)

More scalloped finds:


If you peep my closet at a glance, you'll see that the vast majority of it is navy, white, or navy and white stripes. (If it ain't broke, don't fix it.) I'm not usually one to mix prints but I thought it would be fun to try sporting two striped pieces at once. I think it's easiest to pull off when the stripes are the same color but of different widths. I'll let you be the judge...

Since stripes on stripes is a little outside my comfort zone, I paired the outfit with classic leather accessories. I've been living in these shoes (seen previously here and here) and I'm head over heels for this leather tote that the team at Henri Bendel sent to me. I know it's a timeless piece I'll have for years to come (and it just barely fits my laptop — always a plus!). I wore this outfit to shoot the next career feature (coming next week!) so walkable wedges and a big bag were a must.

I'm also wearing a couple pieces from BaubleBar, including a rope bracelet from my friend Grace's collection. If you're looking to add a couple nautical accessories to your summer look, do take a peek

C. Wonder sunglasses (old, similar)  //  Jeweliq double pearl ring ($20)


This outfit is so common it's practically a cliché (at least on my college campus and in line at my corner Starbucks every weekend). Let's call it the I'm-wearing-workout-wear-because-it's-comfy-not-because-I-have-any-intention-of-actually-working-out look. Are you familiar? I'm pretty sure we've all been there: comfy t-shirt, running shorts, and a dash of mascara if you remember it before you race out the door. It's the easiest combination to throw on for running errands in the city, chasing around the family dog, or heading to the beach on a windy day. Trendsetting? No. But practical? Very.

Any old t-shirt will do but I've got a secret weapon when it comes to cute running shorts. Enter Krass & Co., a collection of preppy shorts for men and women. Want something nautical? Here you go. Quirky? Voilà. Patriotic? You bet.

I also have a gingham pair in the works with Krass & Co. so stay tuned for an announcement when those are available! I just wanted to share this festive pair in case you wanted to order in time for the Fourth of July (just place your order by Sunday!).

Ralph Lauren t-shirt (old, also love this and this)  //  Krass & Co. shorts c/o

I'm so happy it's the weekend. This week was super productive (art pop-up and new arrivals!) but I definitely need a couple days to hit the reset button. Are your weekend plans adventurous or relaxing? Whatever you're up to, make it a good one! xx


This Old Navy maxi dress was the perfect choice for a stroll around 'Sconset last weekend. Between the gorgeous homes, manicured lawns, and ocean views, 'Sconset is my absolute favorite spot in Nantucket and always a favorite place to bring first time visitors. My mom grew up spending summers in a house on Baxter Road and it's fun to retrace her old stomping grounds. I've yet to bring a friend who didn't immediately fall in love!

Remember this Kate Spade tote? It's the perfect size for two beach towels and a bottle of sunscreen. Sadly it was too cold to spend all day on the beach but it was nice to dip our toes in the Atlantic after the longest winter ever. Just another reason to get back to the island in July... :)

I've worn this monogrammed necklace every day since it arrived... I love the idea of a personalized piece for everyday wear that also layers well with more statement-making pieces. (See also: this monogrammed cuff.)

A girl can never own too many Jack Rogers. I've long since lost count of how many pairs I've worn into the ground over the years but I can safely say there's no more sound investment for your summer wardrobe. 

Isn't the tulip hem pretty? I picked up a couple other Old Navy goodies for summer and intend to spend the summer in their easy breezy everyday dresses. Paired with chic tortoiseshell sunnies and classic gold Jacks, you really can't go wrong.

Monogrammed necklace c/o  //  Double pearl ring (only $20!)  //  Jack Rogers sandals

This post was sponsored by Old Navy. Check out Old Navy's latest fashion lineup in store or online at oldnavy.com.


I was back in my old stomping grounds on the Upper East Side last week for two upcoming career spotlights and happily stopped by Carl Schurz Park to see the cherry blossoms in action. It could not have been a more gorgeous day — I was thrilled to shed my jacket and don white denim for the first time in months. And creep on other people's dogs because, I mean, why not?

Now about these jeans. I somehow misplaced my favorite pair from last summer so I've been on the hunt for an affordable replacement in the hopes that I'll eventually find the original pair. I thought I'd take a chance on Old Navy's white skinny jeans and was surprised to find that I like them just as much as my original favorite, which is saying a lot since they retail for under $35. They have the perfect amount of stretch and look super cute rolled up at the ankle now that it's finally sandal weather. If you're looking for affordable white jeans (aren't we all?), I'm giving this pair two thumbs up! 

This post was sponsored by Old Navy. Check out Old Navy's latest fashion lineup in store or online at oldnavy.com.


These pictures make me so happy! New York is truly in bloom right now — cherry blossom trees, tulips in every color under the sun, and window boxes starting to look alive again. It's perfect inspiration to introduce more color into my life so I started with pairing this hot pink silky tank (under $50!) with this bright orange statement necklace (only $35!). 

I don't usually wear orange as a redhead but I do think affordable costume jewelry is a great place to step a little outside your color comfort zone. Sole Society is definitely best known for their affordable shoes but I was really pleasantly surprised with their jewelry assortment. There are plenty of brights to choose from! This necklace will be just as cute with a blue oxford shirt or a classic striped tee. And I can't wait to replicate this look sans blazer with white jeans for dinner dates this summer. Are you a brights or neutrals kind of girl?

More affordable baubles from Sole Society:


Every now and then I stumble upon a pricier piece of clothing and my instant reaction is, "want it, need it, have to have it." The last time this happened was with my Alice & Olivia bow jacket... I saw it, fell in love, and couldn't bear the thought of passing it up only to regret not having it later on (reverse buyer's remorse, anyone?). The same was true for this skirt: navy and white stripes, tulip shape, WITH pockets?! I couldn't resist. I actually bought it right after Christmas (and followed the purchase with a month of no shopping) so I'm ecstatic that it's finally warm enough to wear it in public! I'm so in love with it that I can safely say it was a sound investment for my wardrobe. What was your last investment purchase? Do you still love it? I'm dying to hear! xx

*photos by Rebecca Dale


I just love this color combination of French blue, grass green, and turquoise. It feels so summery! Just sub in white jeans (for some reason, I can't find mine anywhere...) and you'd be Nantucket-ready. The proportions of this billowy top are just right with skinny jeans and make it the perfect silhouette for a big brunch (Café Cluny is right down the street from where we took these pictures, ahem!). I can't get enough of Annie Griffin's girly gorgeous designs (last seen here and here) and I can't wait to show you what she has in store for summer — SO GOOD. Exciting news: use code DARLING20 at checkout for 20% off your whole purchase!

P.S. More turquoise jewelry here, here, and here.

*Photos by Rebecca Dale


On Carly:

On Mackenzie:

Carly and I took these pictures a few weeks ago on the first true spring day in New York and just looking at the photos brings back happy memories. It's always such a treat to work with the Tuckernuck team! They sent over our favorite pieces from their spring collection and scouted out the cutest streets around Washington Square Park to shoot for their blog. After taking pictures, we stopped by Rosemary's for a bite to eat, a glass of rosé, and plenty of girl talk... truly the perfect spring afternoon. Do check out Tuckernuck's new arrivals for spring — there's a lot to love. A few of my favorites in the slideshow below!


Amy and I took these photos en route to the Tribeca Film Festival over the weekend (I just subbed the flats out for heels — a must for walking in the city!). I had been coveting this striped dress since seeing it on Pinterest months and months ago and pounced when I found it on sale for 50% off online. And I've gotten so many compliments on these new baby blue loafers from Sole Society — they really are the perfect walking shoe and at a price that makes them too good to resist. 

Now let's talk about the necklace. It's by Denver jeweler Elizoebeth Jensen, whose designs are perfect for everyday wear and available in sterling silver, yellow gold, and rose gold. When she offered to send me a necklace, I chose the Gables necklace in yellow gold with a three-letter monogram (though I also love the Shield Crest necklace!). Her jewelry is the perfect gift for ladies of all ages — I would love to have one made for Mother's Day! Elizoebeth is kindly giving away one necklace to a lucky Design Darling reader so decide which necklace you'd most like to receive and follow the steps in the widget below! I'll be contacting the winner on Sunday. Good luck! Oh and if you decide you can't wait until then, use code DESIGNDARLING20 for 20% off at checkout :)


This post combines two of my favorite things about blogging: getting to work with brands I admire and getting to collaborate with friends I adore. When Vineyard Vines asked if Carly, Hallie, Jess, and I would be up for styling a few looks from their Kentucky Derby collection, I couldn't have been more excited. Here are a few snaps from our afternoon at the Waldorf...

Wearing this seersucker dress and these metallic flats!

Did anyone else live for silly straws as a kid?!

How fun is Hallie's striped hat?

Loved this top on Carly.

Wouldn't be a derby shoot without mint juleps! (Psst, order your mint julep cups while they're still in stock!)

Such a cute shot of Jess on Park Avenue outside the hotel!

Have I mentioned I love a dress with pockets?! 

It was such a fun afternoon and a lovely reminder of why I love what I do. Big thanks to Vineyard Vines for the pretty dress, the Waldorf Astoria for the perfect setting, and Rebecca for the gorgeous photos! Be sure to shop the full Kentucky Derby collection here and check out full looks on Bows & Sequins, Corals & Cognacs, and The College Prepster. And mark your calendar — the Kentucky Derby is Saturday, May 3!