Oh boy. This week has been full of bad weather, endless errands, heavy traffic, you name it. Fashion Week starts on Thursday, conveniently following my month of no shopping (help!). I’m hosting a blogger brunch during Fashion Week that feels a little like planning a small wedding (the flowers! the food! the guest list!). I need to start looking at apartments since I have to move out in, oh, three weeks. I went out to walk Rory this morning and slipped on a patch of ice outside my door… It’s just that kind of week.

But honestly I just feel super lucky right now. This is my fifth — fifth! — Fashion Week. Two years ago, attending a NYFW show was nothing more than a pipe dream on my first 101 in 1001 list. And now I’m stressed out about what to wear?! Forget it! I’m so giddy just to be a tiny part of it all. A new apartment means a slightly larger space in which my business can grow and our team can expand to include the people we need to really take things to the next level around here. And Rory… well, he’s pretty much the light of my life, icy sidewalks and all. 

And last but not least, there’s you guys. Design Darling — the blog, the boutique, all of it — would be nothing without you. Because unlike the street style stars who will flock to Lincoln Center this week, I know at my core I’m still that 19-year-old girl pressing “publish” from my sorority dorm room at Bucknell, hoping my friends wouldn’t make fun of me and wondering if anyone but my mom would ever read what I wrote. It’s pretty wild what this space has become since then — I’ll never stop thanking my lucky stars for all of it and all of you. All “what to wear?” moments aside, I have nothing but excitement for what the future has in store and I can’t wait to have you along for the ride. Thank you to infinity and beyond — and NYFW, bring it on!

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  1. Have an amazing Fashion Week! You totally deserve it! Can’t wait to hear more about brunch and your new place. I have the name of a great real estate agent who found us our new-ish place on the UES if you need a little help 🙂


  2. Have SO much fun this week! I can’t wait to live vicariously through your Instagram feed. I love that you went from being a really awesome, fun girl I worked with (in the sweltering RL stockroom) to being a super successful small business owner and blogger. Basically, you’re the coolest. xoxo

  3. Have the best time! It’s one of my dreams to attend NYFW one day, I’m 20 years ago and am in the same position you were a few years ago. Hopefully I’ll make it like you! Have a great week!