Maxi Maven

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I have been dreaming about a DVF maxi dress ever since this post on one of my favorite fashion blogs, Atlantic-Pacific.  Isn’t that dress AMAZING????????  She apparently got it from a sample sale…and that scarf is OLD NAVY?  I mean, come on.  Ugh, Blair you get me every time!

SO with all of these weddings coming up (I think Bry and I are up to 7 in the next 14 months…HELLO!), I think I can justify buying one, right?  Well, it’s going to happen people!  As much as I love pretty much everything Di puts out, I am still hooked on prior years looks… so much so that I am on the prowl trying to find this coral number in my size… or there’s always these options below…

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And this is not wedding event material but HOW INSANE is the dress below?!?!?  I am so tempted to buy it and make it work even though it’s not my size.  Picture it with a thick black belt and these DVF wedges.  Ahh!  It might have to happen…

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Help me decide!  Which one would you pick?  I’m thinking of either a patterned maxi with simple gold/white accessories OR one of the solids with contrasting bold colored gems… thoughts?!

Hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful weekend!  My girlfriends and I rode bikes up to the Cloisters and picnicked with a baguette, delicious cheese from Murray’s and of course, a bottle of wine.  It was one of the best NYC days I have had to date!

XOXO
Meg

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LearnVest

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I’ve always tried to create a budget for myself but have never been able to stick to it or prepare for all of the unexpected expenses that are constantly popping up.  I’ve tried Excel, Mint.com, you name it, but I never felt regimented about it.  Enter: LearnVest.  LearnVest is the latest version of online money management which is targeted towards those of us (read: most of us) who would like to manage their finances without the expense of a financial planner.  LearnVest provides a free online account for basic management, along with different account upgrade options, including a “Premium” membership, which includes pairing you with your very own financial planner for a fraction of the cost of hiring someone from say, Fidelity.  Here’s how it works…

First step: Sync all accounts to the LearnVest Dashboard (this shows you every account from savings to student loans); most banks now have steps for synching accounts to LearnVest

Second step: Fill out survey with goals (buying a house, saving for retirement, etc.), lifestyle choices and things like that, which takes about 30 minutes.

Third step: Introductory call with your financial planner to talk about your goals and what exactly you want to get out of using LearnVest.  The financial planners have typically come from bigger banks and want to hone in on this untapped market and also be part of an exciting/up and coming new business like LearnVest.

Fourth step: Your 5-year plan.  Based on your survey, account analysis and conversation, your planner will create a 5 year plan to help reach (or at least get closer) to your goals.  The plan includes a budget and helps you find ways to save, which is something I could definitely use help with.

Fifth step: Follow up and reassess.  In the months after your plan and budget is created, your financial planner will follow-up with you via phone or email to make sure you’re on the right track and see if any adjustments or changes need to be made.  Once you pay the initial fee to upgrade, each month  you continue to work with the planner is only $19.  Once signing up, you are not locked into a contract and so can cancel at any time.

Living in New York it feels nearly impossible to save money, but with the help of LearnVest, I actually feel like I am starting to get in control of where my money goes.  I know some people say they need to go to a class or hire a trainer to get them to workout, and this is how I feel about saving money.  In the past, if I walked into J.Crew and saw a shirt on sale that I loved, regardless of whether I needed it, I would buy it.  Now I feel like I have a rulebook to play by and I am forced (in a good way) to pick and choose where I tap into my discretionary spending budget and where I hold back.  It may be a small step but it’s a step in the right direction!

Here’s a couple of articles if you want to learn more! 1 & 2

XOXO

Meg

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Boston

Pray for Boston and all of the families affected by this horrible tragedy.

I can’t imagine how terrifying this experience must have been and I can’t stop putting myself in the scenario and picturing what it must have been like.  Being a runner and having walked those streets many, many times, it feels way too close to home.  My heart goes out to everyone who had to go through such a traumatizing event in our history and let’s hope that we can put an end to all of this violence.  This is the time for us to come together and make light of a very dark situation.  It’s moments like this when I feel way too far away from home.

So proud to be from Boston and so thankful that all of my friends and family are safe.

SPF

It’s Self-Promotion Friday!  (And hopefully this weekend will be nice enough to require some SPF…wishful thinking.)

Keaton Row

Hey people!  I just wanted to fill you in on a new online styling service called Keaton Row.  Keaton Row was started by two lovely ladies who graduated from Harvard Business School (surprise, surprise).  The concept is basically to create an online styling service for aspiring stylists or people who love fashion like myself (and I am assuming you if you enjoy at least 50% of my blog).  Keaton Row gives people who would love fashion advice but can’t afford a personal stylist, the resources they need to get personal styling without the service fee.  I was introduced to this site through my boyfriend’s very stylish mom, who sent me this article on Forbes (worth a read!) and I knew I just had to apply.  I have always enjoyed putting together outfits for myself, my friends, and for you guys on the old blogaroo!  One of my greatest discoveries from entering the Blogasphere was Polyvore, which is how I create the collages I post (whether it be fashion, beauty products or home decor).  Keaton Row basically gives you the ability to create those “look books” for actual clients and make a (small) income from doing so.  While I am still keeping my day job, I thought it would be a fun way to do something I love on the side and (potentially) build a network of clients and make people happy as an added bonus.

Here’s an example of a look I put together today:

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Weekend Wear

If you are at all interested in getting my two cents on amping up your wardrobe, please check out my Stylist page here: http://keatonrow.com/stylist/megmarr and request to be a client!  I would love to create a custom lookbook for you and of course, everything is free of charge!  (And I apologize for the self-promo post…sigh.)

Happy weekend!

XOXO
Meg

Just Jackie

In memory of Lily Pulitzer, I thought I would post about one of the women who helped put her on the map, Jackie Kennedy.  I have always loved Jackie (first name basis) ever since I was a little girl.  I am sure my mom’s adoration had something to do with it, but I specifically remember buying the book Just Jackie when I was around 13 years old, and I don’t think I got a quarter of the way through it, before deciding it was probably a bit too mature for me.  But what I did continue to flip through, were the photos of Jackie, donning her Lily Pulitzer duds and looking effortlessly chic in any occasion.  While I think my style tends to be a bit all over the place at times, I have always thought of Jackie Kennedy as a fashion icon of mine.  Here are some of my favorite photos perfectly capturing her classic, easy, New England style that I will forever attempt to portray…

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One of my all time fave pics…makes me want velvet pants and a henley.

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Have a great week!

XOXO

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