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…

DVF - green

DVF - red

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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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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:

Casual Day

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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The white t-shirt has never looked so good.Jackie-Kennedy-Fashion-Icon

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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

(photo 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

Pinning=Winning

Hello my friends!  So a friend gave me a brilliant idea the other day, which I somehow hadn’t really thought to do before…

You know those mornings (days, nights…) where you stare at your closet full of clothes and have nothing to wear?  Story of my LIFE!  Sure, I save things from 8th grade, but I also know I have some cute new(ish) stuff in there that I don’t ever wear.  Next time this happens to you… turn to PINTEREST.  I have always used Pinterest for the pretty pictures and simply pinning things I like or maybe hope to buy…or just as a day dreaming mechanism when thinking about my future home, the summertime, traveling, etc.  But my friend told me she always looks at it when she is trying to think of something to wear, by searching for something she currently owns in her closet.  So say you have a striped long sleeve shirt – search striped shirt in Pinterest and BAM! Endless ideas on how to style it.  It’s like your own personal stylist right at your fingertips.  You may all be reading this thinking I am a moron for not already doing this… but hey!  I’m posting it anyways!

Check out these cute outfit ideas that are totally doable with some closet staples…

T-shirt + blazer + statement necklace = Cute idea!

Todays outfit. Chilly weather. jcrew sweater, Ralph Lauren gingham, spring anorak. #outfitoftheday #work #jcrew #anorak #ralphlauren #style

casual layers

white blazer and T, leathers

Necklace stacking | white jeans | brown sandals | simple gray T

this look. everyday

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nautical stripe sweater + chambray  shirt = classic street chic

:: winter whites ::

ripped jeans

Shopping in your own closet is not only satisfying but economical!  It can also help you realize the things you’re missing from your wardrobe and help you avoid making unnecessary purchases.

XOXO
Meg

Sun Kissed

So given the beautiful weather we’ve been dealing with here in New England (UGH) and my increasingly white winter “glow”, I thought I would share some of my top finds in the sunless tanner department.  The trick to self tanner is using it subtly so that you don’t turn out looking like La Lohan.  While there are several ways you can go wrong using sunless tanning products, they have come a long way and now there are some great options which give you just enough of a boost to avoid the winter blues and premature aging at the same time.

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With sunless tanner comes exfoliating.  First of all, you don’t want to have those God awful streaks we’ve all experienced (first hand or otherwise) and secondly, it will help absorb the color more thoroughly by eliminating dead skin cells.  Not to mention, you should be doing this regularly anyways. The Modern Friction face exfoliator by Origins is like a micro-dermabrasion without the cost ($38.50 people!). While you should only use it a couple of times a week, it does not damage or micro-tear the skin like the very popular, St. Ives Apricot Scrub, which we all had learned to love (think again!).  The Origins Salt Rub is like your very own spa treatment in the shower between the smell and texture – heavenly!  You can use it every day or a few times a week depending on your preference (and time), and you will notice after one use how soft it makes your skin.  Make sure to towel off completely before applying any of the below products and do not, I repeat, do not, put on other lotions prior.  Ok, moving on…

Sunless Tanner - Face

Alright ladies, now we have a few options when it comes to the face as I know a lot of people are hesitant (myself included) to put on anything semi-permanent on the mug.  The first, Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer, which by the way I am aware is extremely well-known (not trying to reinvent the wheel here), but still worth mentioning, adds great coverage for winter while also giving you a natural glow which is unmatched from other tinted moisturizers.  Next stop – Sisley Sun Glow Gel.  Sure, it’s a bit of a splurge (at $92), but mixed with a little of your every day lotion, provides a natural glowing bronzed complexion, which you don’t get from a tinted moisturizer.  Think more of a sheer tone vs. matte coverage.  Moving on, the Clarins Instant Tanning Gel is the absolute best semi-permanent option, which is the closest to the discontinued Bobbi Brown Sunless Tanning Gel (gone but not forgotten…) that I have been able to find.  The thick consistency makes it fool-proof and I have yet to see a streak.  The color usually lasts for a few days and is a great pick-me-up after looking in the mirror to see Casper staring back at you (story of my life).

Sunless Tanner - Body

I am letting you in on a secret here…Prtty Peaushun.  You know how every model and actress seem to be glowing from head to toe in every photograph and you just convince yourself that they were blessed with a gene that the rest of the population was not?  Well, after reading this little post on Molly Sims blog, I realized they’ve been hiding something from us for all of these years.  Look no further!  Glowing toned skin is here.  While the name is a bit confusing, you can get your hands on it here for $39 (I like to think a little goes a long way) and avoid mistyping it into Google.  Ok now, I don’t even know how to begin on the St. Tropez gradual tan lotion, because it is an absolute miracle worker.  You can put it on in the morning and it smells AMAZING and gives you a lasting bronzed all over glow, I would categorize this as a must-buy.   The “tan” lasts about a week and fades like a natural tan…you’re welcome!  For a little bit of a riskier tan without the sun, Clarins Liquid Bronze Self-Tanning is very affective and gives you a very natural looking tan without being overbearing.  You definitely need to be more careful given the light texture of the lotion, but as long as you exfoliate and take your time applying, you will love the results!

Hope this brightened your day!  A vacation to St. Tropez would still be better, but I will take what I can get…

XOXO
Meg

BK Does it Again

It’s Sunday morning with NOTHING on the agenda.  So what’s a gal to do?  Go to Brooklyn of course!  Walking across the Brooklyn bridge might be one of my favorite things to do in the city.  Now once you get over that bridge figuring out what to do and where to go can be trying…unlessssss you are lucky enough to have a boyfriend who has lived across the pond river.  On this particular little excursion we ventured to Brooklyn Heights.  Has anyone been?  Because I.FELL.IN.LOVE.  I’m telling you, it’s a little slice of heaven hidden in the large foreign borough!  The tree-lined streets with colonial style town homes made me feel like I was in Beacon Hill rather than two miles from the concrete jungle.  And the stylin’ boutiques and hip restaurants could give the West Village a run for it’s money!  Look out Manhattan!  Check out some of the sites (pardon the iPhone photos…man, I need a camera)…

First we strolled across the bridge…

And we’ve arrived!  Here was the view from Brooklyn Heights looking at lower Manhattan…

How adorable is this tiny little house?!  I would like to move in now please.

Next we cruised along “the promenade” (that’s Brooklyn jargon guys, write it down).

Then we got a bloody mary (for old times sake) at this local watering hole (FYI: there is a bocce court INSIDE the bar) which were sitting on these friendly coasters.  We subsequently made note that people seem to be nicer in Brooklyn…

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Then we continued on our way and I think I commented on every street/apartment we passed (I’m sure it wasn’t annoying at all)…

The WINDOWS!  The TOPIARIES!

What did I tell you people?  Now walk over that beautiful bridge and take a right and you’re there!  It’s not that far.  And to make you even more convinced… the 2/3/4/5 trains all go directly to the heart of the ‘hood!

XOXO
Meg

Happy hump day!

Hello lovahs!  Sorry for the lack of posts this week, I have a lot of balls in the air (which I will fill you in on soon) so will be taking this week off from the blog.  If you have a few minutes, watch this video!

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It really makes you think and stop to smell the roses!

XOXO

Meg

PS – How cute is the little girl in the video?  Love her!

(photo from Pinterest)