Well, yesterday was one for the books. I had a blog post scheduled for 8 a.m. and when I went to double check that it had gone live, I got an error message saying that my entire website was down. I couldn’t even log in to the back end of my site to see what was going on, so the day started with me, Will, and a very fussy (teething?) Teddy convinced that I’d somehow been hacked and lost ten and a half years of posts and comments. 

We spent all day on the phone and emailing back and forth with my web developer and web host and finally figured out that the outage was a result of some once-every-five-years maintenance and that my site would be restored in a few hours. I did lose Friday, Saturday, and Tuesday’s blog posts, but losing three posts after being convinced that I’d lost 3,394 (!) was a small price to pay. In any event, we’re back up and running today (but please let me know if you’re still having problems accessing anything!) and I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to know there are people reading these words. 

sweater  //  jeans  //  slippers

Teddy’s blanket  //  shearling blanket

I have to admit I’ve had a harder time than usual deciding what to talk about here. The world feels completely upside down right now with so many people who are sick, scared, suddenly unemployed, and staying at home and it’s hard to provide a happy escape when everything feels so damn heavy. I’d love to know if there’s anything in particular you’d like to see from me right now — shows we’re watching? workouts I’m doing? causes we’re supporting? books I’m reading? skincare I’m trying? — and anyone you follow who’s bringing you a welcome reprieve from the news these days so I can tune in myself. Sending you all lots of love. xx


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  1. more lifestyle and home content, please! favorite artists, wines, table settings, etc. if you didn’t have your interior design aesthetic what would your aesthetic be instead? tips for filling a new home without making it look too store-bought or cookie-cutter?

  2. I just re-read the Grandy interview – so lovely! She mentions WWII in it – it would be interesting to get her perspective on living in a radically different world, as someone who has lived through challenging times before.

  3. I like what you are doing! Other content I would love to see are hostess gift ideas, Mother’s Day gifts, gifts for new moms, other ideas to lift the spirit of friends/family during this time. I am also pregnant so love all your posts from when you were pregnant/what items you actually use with Teddy!

  4. First, want to say I have found both your blog and Instagram really comforting during these hard times – definitely think you strike the right tone, which I know is so hard to do.

    I second a lot of the things said below – My favorite are the Q&As, which I’d love to see more of. Plus, those can be about now or they can be about the past or life in general so they lend themselves to being super flexible/adaptable. I also love a lot of the suggestions below too: general outfit/timeless style posts, favorite meals, book/TV recommendations, rose/thorn, etc.

    Thanks for being a wonderful reprieve during this time!

  5. What about your work from home strategies? Quarantine life-savors? I think we are all going a little bonkers in isolation. Would be nice to know what others are doing to keep the sanity.

  6. So glad to hear your site is back- I was trying to visit from my work laptop yesterday and when it said it was blocked I thought my company may have stopped any non-work related sites from being accessed while working from home😂

    I loved your interview with Grandy- maybe you could do a post with interview questions for you and Will and answer each separately and see post your different answers? I always love reading those types of blog posts on other blogs!

  7. I would love to see what shows you’re watching and books you’re reading! Personally I feel like there are a lot of opportunities to support causes (or maybe it’s because I’ve been watching so much Jimmy Fallon…) but shows/movies/books are great escapes and I love to hear about you’ve been enjoying.

  8. It’s so fun to read the other responses! I enjoy the Q&A posts of yours, along with the longer interviews you’ve done with important people in your life. Lately, I have loved reading/listening to interviews featuring female entrepreneurs/small business owners, discussing their morning routines, what helps them unwind, inspirations, etc. Also – ALL posts about recent reads (books, articles, etc.) are speaking to me more than ever. It’s been tough for me focus on longer/heavier books during the pandemic (I know I’m not alone in this!), so I’ve been treating myself to fun page turners while staying at home. And agree with others who are not inspired by outfit posts/online shopping for clothes right now. Thanks for checking in on this, and stay well!

  9. Show you are watching, and books you are reading and how on earth can you take time for you with a 5month old who barely sleep ahah

  10. Love all of the responses! I’m a LONG time follower (started reading in high school and now am married and have a baby) and I find “old school” blogging content to be comforting right now. The interviews, inspiration roundups, personal essays… All so good. Off the top of my head, I would love to read more interviews with your family and friends (Grandy’s is legendary!), see inspiration for other parts of your home that you’re not working on yet, learn more about your hopes and dreams for your life, and hear more about what you do with Teddy.

    Thank you for being so thoughtful about creating relevant content! I’m a copywriter/content strategist for a fashion brand and I know how tricky the balance is right now.

  11. so funny! (or funny now).. I keep trying to “check in” on your blog yesterday and could not get to it.. glad to hear things are 99% restored.. and now you have me wondering if/how I back up MY blog! thanks for the idea! stay well <3

  12. I would love to read an interview with you and your mother –
    asking her thoughts and philosophy about raising a raising a child.

  13. So sorry you had such a stressful day and glad everything came back, what a relief! I would love to see posts about what you guys are doing at home (shows, games. etc.) and how you are managing being home at with a baby. I have a 3 month old who has basically never left the house and I’m going a little crazy being home with the baby all of the time. Also, any tips on how to engage the baby and how you play with Teddy. I’m constantly worrying about what to do with my daughter when she is awake and how to help her development. I’ve read all of your monthly updates and the product recs are go great, but would love more insight into how you play with that little cutie. Hugs to you and your sweet family!

  14. Ditto the above comments re house updates and general wardrobe inspiration! I’d also love to hear from Will about his transition to becoming a father. I loved your post a while back where you interviewed him for the blog!

  15. Glad your site is back up and running! In terms of content, personally I don’t have much interest at the moment in shopping posts and swipe-ups. I’m just not in the mood to shop right now – I already have a closet full of clothes and nowhere to wear them! I think you’ve struck a nice balance of acknowledging the current crazy situation and keeping up with real life posts. I know it must not be easy but I’ve been enjoying your posts!

    Take care!

    P.S. My cousins also live in Darien and just had a baby girl! Maybe a future classmate of Teddy’s 🙂

    1. Also love the house updates! I’m guessing progress is a little stalled right now but looking forward to following along again soon!

  16. I would love to hear more about your Grandy. Also her needlepoint work. My favorite post I’ve ever seen of yours is the one you just did about the needlepoint – just the other day. It was very uplifting and interesting. I agree with everyone else about the home renovations being so interesting. Personally I enjoy light right now and, if I’m honest, always.

  17. I love the house updates and you are so good at the walk through. Could you do more walk throughs and show us layouts and paint colors, paper etc and then link them for us?

  18. I would love to know how your parents switched careers and what you look for when you buy secondhand furniture. I tried to chalk paint an secondhand magazine rack and it went okay…. I imagine a lot of people are currently in a place where buying new isn’t a reality. Seeing you and your family work on so many do-it-yourself projects has been inspiring!

  19. Would love to see/hear more about your workout routine now that you’re not doing Countdown. This would also be a great time to bring back your rose and thorn series you used to do or do another long length interview (maybe with your Mom and her experience as a nurse)?

  20. Hi Mackenzie, I’m happy the blog is back almost completely 🙂
    These are such heavy times! Regarding content, I’ve always loved your sense of style, so maybe you have ideas on how to build a timeless wardrobe, your favorite outfit combos, New England style, etc.? So less about specific items to shop and more about general inspiration and ideas, if that makes sense 🙂 And I would also love to learn about your most favorite interior designers, books, etc. (maybe you already covered that before).
    Take care!

  21. Hi Mackenzie! Thanks for all of your awesome work… my family is from Fairfield county and I love seeing my peers thrive there! I would love to see more posts about your day to day life with Teddy and Will and how your family is coping in this strange time. I am working a ton right now (I’m an MD) and it’s nice to think about what fun things I can do in my little time off 🙂