Short Story

I think we’re at that point of the season where New York “spring” catapults to sweaty summer overnight.  I realized this while walking to work this morning in my spring coat, when 5 short steps in, I became extremely uncomfortable.  NEWS FLASH NEW YORK: Spring ended yesterday, say goodbye to layers until Fall.  And say hello to SHORTS!  Personally, I have always been a fan of shorts.  Oddly enough I think they flatter me more than skirts.  Last weekend, while perusing Chelsea Market with my mamma, I spotted these gems at one of those confusing Sample Sales, with a smorgasbord of items you have to sift through for days.  But everryyyy once in a while, you find a rose among thorns (i.e. the Walter Baker Aztec diamond beauties below).  As we continued on with our day I soon realized the plethora of adorable patterned options out there this season!  Thank you Anna Wintour (or whoever ignited this trend)!

The fun thing about shorts is that you can style them different ways to create many different summer looks!  Dress them down with sandals and a simple tee or dress them up at night with wedges and some fun gems (sidenote: tread lightly with the heels & shorts look…it can be challenging and often times disastrous).  Here are a few options for styling your patterned shorts this season!

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Enjoy this beautius day!  And take those pants off – it’s short season ladies!

XOXO

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

Living Room Revamp

We officially moved apartments this week!  As much as we LOVED our old apartment, it is so exciting to have a change of scenery and a fresh start!  Our new abode is a smaller version of our former unit and couldn’t have been a more convenient move for us, so we are really grateful.  With that said, Hurricane Sandy had a bit of a negative impact, not surprisingly, in the fact that we will not have our beloved wall until next week.  YIKES!  So I am basically sleeping in the living room.  But, with everything unpacked and organized (for the most part), the roomie and I have decided our living room needs a little makeover!

We currently have a very floral theme, not by choice, but by default.  Our new vision is more of an updated/boho chic feel and I can’t wait to show you the before and after (eventually)!  For some inspiration I put together a few idea boards below:

Numba one…

Living Room

Numba two…

Living Room 2

Numba three…

Living Room 3

And a few clips from around the world wide web…

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What do you think?  Which number is your favorite?  Do you have any special tactics for making a small space feel big?  We had to throw out/donate A LOT of great things, but I think less is more when you’re working with a tighter living area.  Given everything that has been going on lately with Sandy and now the nor’easter, this is a perfect time to donate!  It’s not only rewarding but refreshing!  Here are a couple links if you’re interested in donating: Red Cross, Salvation Army (you can also schedule a pick-up for clothes, etc.), volunteering/donation links

Hope you are having a good week.  There’s snow on the ground here in NYC!  What is going on in the world?!

XOXO

(photos via Pinterest)

( 1: couch, chair, throw, coffee table, NYC pillow , flowers, chest, lamp, candle, ikat pillowHermes tray, rug, grey ikat pillows, basket; 2: rug, couch, chair, coffee table, wallpaper, throw, matches,  mirrored table, sunburst mirror, pink pillows, yellow pillow, copper vase,  tray, navy pillow, candle, skull jar, silver jars; 3: rug, couch, coffee table, side table, gold table, lamp, orange pillow, tortoise hurricane, orange box, gold bowl, throw, deer, brass urchin, lotus, chair, chevron pillows)