Fresh Start

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I am finally coming out of hibernation (curse you winter 2014!) and have some new and exciting news to share! As I have mentioned before, I have always dreamed about going into interior design and/or getting into a creative field, but have never acted on it for a number of reasons.  While it always sounded fun, I feared the paycheck (or lack there of) and risky nature of changing careers. After much internal debate, self-assessment, and discussions (sorry friends and family), I finally decided to go for it!  A few classes and a couple of interviews later and I am starting to work part-time at one of my favorite design firms.  I am beyond grateful and excited and ready(!) for this next phase, as terrifying as it is.  Thank you all for your patience over the last few months and I plan to kick back into gear here at South of Main and also share all of the new things I am learning at the new gig!

While we’re on the topic of fresh starts… my spring/summer wardrobe needs a serious revamp.  I can’t remember the last time I bought a new bathingsuit (2010?) and I think I have outgrown the jean mini skirt…  check out these steals I found to ring in the season of sun!

A Marysia imposter… from Nasty Gal

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Chambray and neon (best combo evah?) J.Crew beach cover up – it’s on sale ladies!

jcrewWhat’s a summer without Havaianas?

havaiianasA pretty DVF dress for the many weddings ahead (note: this is an old DVF dress I have been eying since forever and found on ebay – my new favorite site!)…

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Anddd a cute new tee

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What are your latest warm weather finds?  I’d love to know!  This year I went for a lot of solids that I can mix and match with different accessories.  I am trying to embrace a more minimalistic lifestyle (something I am not good at…) and my first step was tackling the closet!

Have a fabulous day!

XO

Meg

PS – If you’re thinking about changing careers, here are a few helpful articles (and feel free to email me!)…design spongeLearnVest, The Every Girl, Huffington Post… and a food blogger with an inspiring story on making a passion into a profession.  I know I have read so many other good ones, but am totally blanking!  All I have to say is – do what you love!  Life is too short :)

(photo via Pinterest)

Royally Fabulous

K-Midds (for short) is somehow relatable but also bloody utterly fascinating.  Maybe its the modern Cinderella story, or maybe it’s because she has that girl next door charm, but I have a minor obsession.  Every time I see a picture of her donning a new amazing dress-that-I-would-never-look-twice-at-but-somehow-looks-like-the-coolest-dress-I’ve-ever-seen (deep breath), I end up Google imaging the shiz out of her and finding a million new photos and inspiring looks.  So much so that I have a hard time closing the tab to remind myself I need to focus on work and stop fantasizing about the wardrobe that I will never have.  She somehow manages to appear effortlessly gorgeous, calm, elegant and graceful all at the same time.  No idea how she pulls that off, considering I get anxiety just thinking about my wedding day (whenever that may come) purely for the fact that all of the attention will be on me.  Hopefully I will get over that fear by the time it rolls around…

Anyway, check out some of my favorite looks from my (now public) online stalking issue

Kate-Middleton-Green-Dress

This might be the most gorgeous shade of green.  Her skin.  That hair.  The makeup.  All of it.

kate middleton - gold

Hands down my favorite dress of all time.  I would get married in this dress (panic attack or not).  And Prince Wills is a hunk.  I don’t care what people say.

Royal Wedding - Evening Celebrations At Buckingham Palace

…speaking of… her look for the wedding reception?  TO.DIE.FOR.  She has never looked so glam and that waistline makes me want to crawl in a hole and never come out.

kate middleton - green

I mean this dress?  I don’t know HOW but she looks AMAZING in this.  I would look like Mrs. Doubtfire.

Kate-Middleton-white

Now here’s a dress I may actually be able to get some use out of… if I could actually afford it.  Love a good white embroidered dress, or shirt for that matter, and this is no exception.

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Here we are again with the simple cover-all of a dress and still looking amazing.  Would also emulate Mrs. Doubtfire in this one if I tried.  Which I wouldn’t.  So don’t worry.

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A little too thin for my liking here, but purple is definitely Kate’s color!  Work it girl!

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Another beautiful emerald green dress… and it’s DVF!!!!!!!!  And how does she get her hair to do that?  Oh princesses.  Also, makes me want this green DVF dress even more… uhoh.

OK, I am cutting myself off…….

If I had a black tie event every night it would be hard not to want to copy every look the Midds has come out with.  Luckily that’s not a problem I have.  So I will continue to admire her (or her stylist’s… doesn’t matter to me) amazing style on the couch in my sweatpants.

Happy Hump Day Peops!

XOXO

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

Maxi Maven

AP DVF

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

DVF - vintage

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…

DVF - caftan

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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Birthday Weekend!

This weekend I am turning 27!  (EEK!) My birthday typically falls on MLK weekend but I don’t think I have ever actually taken advantage of the long weekend until NOW!  I’m heading to Jupiter, Florida for the weekend with my bf and a few of our friends and I couldn’t.be.more.excited!  It is my first time to the West Palm Beach scene which is very exciting!  Here is what we have on the agenda…

Guanabanas anyone?

Square Grouper (not sure about the black cat…)

Square Grouper

Lots of Beach time…

Whooping the bf’s *** in Tennis

Aaaaaaaaaaaannnddd here’s what I packed (if you care enough to continue…)

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In case you haven’t gotten enough of this yet… I will be reading

While we’re at it (just to touch on all senses here) I plan to eat a lot of chicken salad sandwiches and fish tacos and drink Arnold Palmers and frozen margaritas with salt.  In terms of my music selection I am thinking along the lines of this & that…oh and one more.

And there you have it folks!

Have a wonderful long weekend!

Bday

XOXO
Meg

PS – Used my Clarisonic this morning which my generous amazing girlfriends gave me for my birthday last night (a la pic above) and I am OBSESSED!  Thanks ladies!!!

(top pics 1, 2, 3, 4)

Going to the Chapel…

My bestie from college/roomie in NYC is getting MARRIED this weekend!  I can’t believe it’s finally here!  It’s been nine months since they got engaged and a lot of preparation and hard work has gone into those nine months.  So I’m really looking forward to seeing everything take form!  The bride and groom are two of my favorite people in the whole world and I cannot wait for them to tie the knot!  I couldn’t have picked a better guy for my bff and no one makes her happier than he does.

The wedding is taking place in Cape Cod, Massachusetts (not too far from my home) under a tent on the water!  It’s going to be so beautiful and I can’t wait to share the pictures with you all!  Being a bridesmaid, it is going to be jam-packed with fun activities Friday through Sunday!  With all of the festivities for the weekend, I have had plenty of outfits to figure out and here they are (minus what I am wearing in the wedding):

Bridal Luncheon

Rehearsal Dinner

Recognize this little number?  Yes, I am wearing this dress/shoes/earring combo again.  But you know what, if Kate Middleton can do it, so can I!

Sunday Brunch

Bridal Luncheon: dress (sold out but similar here), jacket (I have an old J.Crew version), earrings, sandals, bracelet (sold out but obsessed with this one), clutch

Rehearsal Dinner: dress (old DVF but similar here), shoes, earrings (old J.Crew), clutch (I have the knock-off version), pashmina (bought from street vendor in NYC), FASHION TAPE (everyone go out and buy this – it works miracles on loose-fitting tops)

Sunday Brunch: dress, jacket (I have a muuuch cheaper version from Italy!), earrings, bracelets, boots (bride is from Dallas), bag

On the wedding day, all of the bridesmaids are wearing long slate greyish blue Amsale dresses in differing styles.  They’re super comfortable and flattering, so I can’t complain!  We are being surprised with our accessories which is thrilling (and thoughtful).  I would put up the dress at least, but I figured I would save one outfit for a little surprise.

On Tuesday night, I had my final goodbye with the bride-to-be as she moved her final stuff out of our apartment.  And I have to admit, it was NOT EASY.  Not only did I cry myself to sleep for the first time in about 10 years, I closed her door in the apartment so that I couldn’t look at the empty room.  Pathetic?  Maybe, but we have been together for a good majority of the past seven years!  Living together in the city, we worked out together every morning, commuted to work and watched the Bachelor (or some other quality show) every night!  And I can’t believe that’s come to a screeching halt!  It feels like a breakup!  Come on people, I know some of you can relate…  with that said, I am so excited for her next chapter and I am confident that I WILL get over it (and she is only 60 blocks away…).  Hey, growing up is hard to do!

Hope you enjoyed a peek into my weekend attire (Can you see why my bags weigh more than I do?).  I am giddy with anticipation and can’t believe it starts TOMORROW!  I will make sure to take plenty of pictures to share with you all!  What are your plans for the weekend!?

XOXO

Hello Lovaaah!

The chill in the air has me daydreaming about my fall fashion wants and how I will manage to fit at least one of them into my budget this season (Sex and the City has had way too much of an influence on my life).  Anyhowww, with all of this talk of “oxblood”, leather pants, white as the new black and so on and so forth, it’s got me thinking and lusting for quite a few items.  Here are the things on my fall wish list…

#1: Black leather biker jacket

#2: Slippers (the fancy kind)

or……

#3: Kenneth Jay Lane earrings

#4: White chunky sweater

#5: Colorful gems

#6: Peplum

#7: Oxblood

#8: Poncho/cape

#9: Emerald green

#10: Ankle boots

#11: (P)leather pantalonessss

Ok, I’m going to stop.  I could keep going but I am starting to feel gluttonous.  Being the bargain shopper that I am (most of the time), I will likely wait for something to go on sale before making the purchase, but it’s still fun to think about!  I also seem to run into issues with fit and quality when I buy online, so I tend to go store to store, which elongates the process even more.  Do you shop online or in store?  What will your big purchase be this season?

Fall fashion is always so much fun and as much as I love wearing flip-flops and sundresses, it’s always nice to be able to layer and add more depth to an outfit in the chillier months.  I usually have a tall boot on my list for fall, but I had a late purchase last year (on sale obvi) so I am good to go this year!  But for anyone thinking about buying boots, I really think Frye offers the largest selection of high quality and timeless options.   My dad claims he had custom-made Frye’s “back in the day” that he wore for 20 years!  Although he tends to exaggerate… regardless, check out the website to see all of the styles here!

Happy Friday and have a lovely weekend!!!!!!

XOXO

It’s Wedding Season!

Wedding season is upon us! Or at least wedding month in my life. This September I have weddings, engagement dinners and engagement parties galore!  It’s funny when you hit your mid-twenties and someone gets engaged, then the domino effect sets in and everyone around you suddenly has a ring on their finger.  I am just approaching the beginning of it and so far, I’ve had a blast!  Especially because with wedding season, comes wedding outfits!  This weekend, the bf and I are driving down to Baltimore for wedding #1.  I am not going to know one person, which sometimes makes for the best time (aka practicing your dance moves with no shame).

Here is what I’m wearing…

The Random Guest
1. Diane Von Furstenberg dress – old but similar here
3. Bandolino platform sandals – on sale here!
5. J. Crew earrings – old but similar here
How many of you will also be at a wedding tomorrow?  Happy weekend!