NANTUCKET PACKING LIST

Our bags are packed, our car is stuffed to the brim, and my dad, husband, and I are headed to Nantucket tonight! (My mom and youngest brother will join us once they’re back from Kenya — I’m living vicariously through their trip here!) Bring on the family time and the floating time for this 27 week bump — I’ve been daydreaming about being in the ocean for weeks and the day is finally here!

I’m often asked about what to pack for a trip to Nantucket and while I have a few ideas in my Nantucket guide, I wanted to put together a list of the specific items I’m bringing with me this summer for those of you with similar destinations on your calendar. Per usual my Nantucket packing list for summer features lots of stripes, white jeans, basket bags, comfy dresses, and shoes like espadrilles and Jack Rogers that are easy to walk in (don’t be the girl twisting her ankle in heels on cobblestones!). I spend most of my time on Nantucket relaxing at the beach, hanging around our house, and (let’s be honest) waiting in line for ice cream at Juice Bar, so there’s nothing fancy here (and the navy dress or jumpsuit will work for dinners in town and my Grandy’s birthday in a couple weeks!). You can expect to see most of these photographed for the blog over the coming weeks so consider this a little summer sneak peek!

nantucket packing list on design darling

one  //  two  //  three  //  four (use code DESIGNDARLING for 20% off)

five  //  six  //  seven (on sale in more sizes here)  //  eight  //  nine  //  ten

eleven  //  twelve  //  thirteen  //  fourteen  //  fifteen  //  sixteen  //  seventeen

eighteen  //  nineteen (subbing in my favorite maternity jeans this year)  //  twenty

I ordered this striped shirt in a size up in all four colors to get me through the rest of my pregnancy, which might have been overkill considering I also love this striped maternity shirt that has a swingier fit, but they’re easy to throw on with white jeans for a casual dinner at Millie’s or even over a bikini for an afternoon at the beach.

P.S. My Nantucket guide has all my recommendations for where to eat, where to shop, and what to do on island.

P.P.S. Our Nantucket wedding.

P.P.P.S. What Nantucket means to me.

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NEW ADDITIONS TO NANTUCKET PRINT SHOP

So excited to share my brother Camden and I have added six new prints to Nantucket Print Shop! We’ve loved seeing which photos you’re most drawn to (see our best sellers so far here and here!) and are having a lot of fun dreaming up new spots to shoot on the island this summer. Feel free to message us on Etsy about custom sizes and unframed options!

sconset roses art print

Sconset Roses

Hydrangea Fence

Sunrise at Great Point

Sconset Land Rover

Blooming Hydrangeas

Ladies Beach Dunes

P.S. See Nantucket Print Shop in our house here.

P.P.S. Follow us on Instagram here!

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NEW ADDITIONS TO NANTUCKET PRINT SHOP

My brother Camden and I just rolled out a new round of prints at Nantucket Print Shop! We’d been getting requests for more horizontal options so six of the eight new arrivals are the perfect orientation for hanging above your bed or sofa. And you can always message us for info on different frame options and unframed print orders! We’re having so much fun collaborating on a new venture and are so grateful for your support!

Steps Beach Gate

Hydrangea Fence

Steps Beach Pathway

Sankaty Lighthouse

Nantucket Buoys

Sunken Ship Sunset

Tom Nevers Beach

Hydrangea Driveway

P.S. See Nantucket Print Shop prints in our home here.

P.P.S. Our best sellers so far here and here.

P.P.S. Follow our new Instagram account here!

FRIDAY Q&A: MY FAVORITE FLOWERS, NANTUCKET BACHELORETTE PARTY RECS, HOW I STYLE MY HAIR WHEN I’M SHORT ON TIME, AND MORE

Happy Friday! I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine’s Day. I dragged Will to see Isn’t It Romantic on Wednesday night — he loooves going to the movies and I can’t remember the last time we’d seen something in theaters! The previews for the movie looked so funny (I think Rebel Wilson is hilarious) but I think they kind of packed the funniest moments into the preview and the rest was pretty cheesy. Would love to hear your thoughts if you’ve seen it! Yesterday I went to my mom’s going away party at the clinic where she’s worked for the last five years as she’s transitioning to become a school nurse at the end of the month. So proud of her and excited for what’s to come! Happy belated Valentine’s and have a great weekend!

design darling friday q&a

1. Heading to ACK for a friend’s bachelorette party in July and would love your recs!

You can see all my recommendations in my Nantucket travel guide! If you click on FAQs, I list out everything I’d recommend specifically for a bachelorette. Have the best time!

2. Any tips for planning a wedding after party?

Our wedding reception was outdoors under a tent and Nantucket has strict noise regulations so our reception had to end at 10 p.m.! We knew we wanted to keep the party going so we all walked up to the piano bar at the Summer House. ‘Sconset is pretty quiet relative to downtown Nantucket but there were a few late night diners still at the piano bar since we didn’t rent out the entire bar but they kind of just joined the party! Seeing all my family and friends (and a few random patrons!) gathered around the piano belting out show tunes was one of the happiest moments of our wedding day and it was totally unplanned. So I really don’t have a ton of advice besides making sure everyone knows where to go to keep the party going (our wedding planner reminded everyone as they were lining up for our sparkler exit) and having one tab at the bar for all wedding guests (we had wristbands made so the bartenders knew who was part of our crew!).

3. How did you start your business/blog? Would love advice for what to do in the early days when there’s no money to buy a professional camera.

I started my blog in 2009 and launched an online boutique by the same name in 2012 (I shared that story in this post!). Conveniently two of the biggest changes that have happened in blogging over the past ten years are the explosive growth of Instagram and the rapid improvement of iPhone photography, so I think it’s totally possible to start a blog or any kind of online business with an inexpensive domain name, a free Instagram handle, and the phone you already own. Having high quality photos will definitely become more important once you start partnering with brands who want to repurpose your content, but you can build a loyal following on your blog and Instagram with relatable everyday iPhone snaps of your outfits, recipes, weekend trips, etc.! 

4. How tall are you and how tall is Will?

I’m 5’1” and he’s 5’6”!

5. What are your thoughts on headbands being back in style? I’m on the fence!

I’m not a huge fan. 😬 I definitely have friends who look adorable in them, but I’m pretty self-conscious about my ears sticking out and am not about to wear something that accentuates that! I’d rather tie a bow in my hair (like this) but I think they can be chic (particularly with your hair swept back vs. down and tucked behind your ears).

6. Any recommendations of places to visit in Florida? I’m planning a trip with my boyfriend soon!

My Grandy lives in Naples for half the year so that’s where we usually go, but we were just in Boca Grande and are headed to Palm Beach next weekend and I don’t think you can go wrong with any of those!

7. How do you style your hair when you’re short on time?

I run through it with my straightening brush in less than ten minutes and call it a day! You can see it in action here. I like to add a little wave with my curling iron if I have time but will stop after straightening if I’m in a rush. Or I’ll leave it in its uneven natural state and throw on a hat! 😉

8. Have you done Whole 30 or other big changes in eating before? How did it go?

I really haven’t! I honestly don’t have the self-discipline to restrict my dietary habits like that. I’m such a picky eater as it is that I can’t imagine cutting out carbs or dairy. That said I’ve been a pescatarian for twelve years — I just gave up meat cold turkey (ha) during my freshman year of college and haven’t craved it since.

9. My boyfriend of six months asked for a list of my favorite flowers so he knows what to buy for Valentine’s Day, etc. I haven’t really given it much thought before this but would love to know what types of flowers you like as I always love your taste in how you decorate!

First of all, that is the cutest thing ever! And second, I’m so sorry I didn’t get to this before Valentine’s Day but I’m sure he got you something lovely because he sounds like a gem. 🙂 I love peonies, hydrangeas, tulips, ranunculus, and garden roses!

INTRODUCING NANTUCKET PRINT SHOP!

I am so excited to share that my youngest brother Camden and I are starting a new little side project together called Nantucket Print Shop! We both love taking photos on the island and after each receiving several requests about purchasing prints of our photos, we decided to team up and make it happen! You can find Nantucket Print Shop on Etsy, where we’re launching with twenty-nine prints and will be adding new pieces at least once a month. We are so excited to share our love of Nantucket with the walls of your home!

Hydrangea Heaven

Nantucket Print Shop Brant Point Lighthouse

Nantucket Print Shop Sconset Bridge

Nantucket Print Shop Chanticleer Carousel Horse

Nantucket Print Shop Pink and Purple Hydrangeas

Every print comes in a white wood frame and is available in two frame sizes: 19.75″ x 25.25″, a medium size print that’s perfect for hanging above a bedside table or desk, in a gallery wall, or in a powder room, and 29.75″ x 40.75″, a large size print that’s great above a bed, console table, or dresser. I recently hung one large print above the dresser in our guest bedroom (which you’ll see on the blog tomorrow!) as well as two large prints side by side on the opposite wall. I love the generous size and the quality is pretty amazing if I do say so myself!

Nantucket Print Shop Hydrangea Arbor

Nantucket Print Shop Hydrangea Driveway

Nantucket Print Shop on Design Darling

Nantucket Print Shop Colorful Boats

Camden is finishing up his senior year of college at Miami of Ohio and I’m so excited that we could start this little side hustle together! We always love going out and taking pictures together on the island and I’m crossing my fingers and toes we’ll get one more summer out there together before he enters the working world. In any event we’re stoked to have a way to get our prints in your hands and would love your feedback as we get this new venture up and running! This is something we’ve talked about doing forever and I’m over the moon that we finally made it happen. Feel free to message us on Etsy if you have any questions or want to inquire about custom sizing. We are so grateful for your support!

Nantucket Print Shop Climbing Roses and Hydrangeas

Design Darling Nantucket Print Shop

Nantucket Print Shop American Flags at Sunset

Nantucket Print Shop large frame

Nantucket Print Shop Hydrangea Cottage

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