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…)

Florida 1

Florida - 2

Florida - 3

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)

Color Collective

As I was thinking about what to wear to dinner (here) last night with my girlfriends, the only thing I knew for sure was that I was going to wear my new red Kenneth Jay Lane earrings.  Trying to picture what to wear with them, I thought, black? No. White? Too pale.  And then, aha!  I remembered, Color Collective.  For those of you who are unfamiliar, get involved!  It is an extremely creative and unique blog (the only I have come across) strictly devoted to color pairings seen in fashion, art and the like.  It’s not only a place where you can go for a little daily eye candy, it’s also a place to find inspiration for your style, interiors and beyond.  Here are just a few of my favorite images from the site:

Now, like I said I had picked out earrings and was not willing to give those up.  So after looking at this pairing with my earring red (and some chilly weather):

I thought about what items in my closet I had in the paired colors… and here’s the outfit I came up with!

Color Collective
(Zara jeans, Enzo shoes, Leather jacket from Italy, Forever21 scarf, Kenneth Jay Lane earrings, Rebecca Minkoff Nikki bag, Forever21 shirt)

See?  Inspiration right at your finger tips!  I am learning about color in my interior design course as we speak (remember ROY G BIV?), and it’s been very interesting to hear about the effects of color on mood and self-confidence, and how much culture affects perception of color.  I tend to be very drawn towards vibrant colors, which may be because of the positive effect it has on my mood.  And there are certain color combos that really repel me.  Black and red?  YUCK!  I don’t know why, but I just can’t do it!  What colors are you drawn towards?  What colors to you tend to avoid?

Hope everyone is enjoying the week!  Is it me or has every day felt like Friday this week?

XOXO

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!