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)

Merry Merry

Today is the beginning of a nine day break for this gal!  I am SO excited I can barely stand it!  I don’t think I have had this much time off since college.  And as a big first in my life… my family and I are going to be AWAY for the holidays!  It is bittersweet not to be in New England for Christmas, but mostly sweet.  It’s always fun to have a change of scenery!  We will be going to Laguna Beach, California on Christmas Eve through New Years day!  (I wonder if LC is home for the holidays…) I plan to do a lot of relaxing, tennis, hiking, running, swimming (too cold?), eating ice-cream, drinking wine… and sleeping.  AHHHHHHHHHHHH heaven!  One thing I have struggled with is packing for said trip.  What on earth do you wear for a 60+ degree California Christmas?  Talk about confusing!  While I brought my [cotton] sweaters, mainly because it’s Christmas and you’re supposed to wear sweaters, I have a feeling they will not be leaving the suitcase.  Here are some outfits I managed to put together for my SoCal Christmas…

Cali 1

Cali 5

Cali 4

Cali 3

Cali 2

So all you Californians… am I really off-base here?  I guess only time will tell!  Packing is such a feat for me sometimes (all the time).  I always pack too much and there’s always something I wish I had brought but didn’t.  My bestie/former roomie was honestly a professional packer.  Without her I am useless. How is it that guys can pack the morning of and still have everything they need?  The only thing that’s worse than packing is unpacking.  Does anyone agree with me here?  I am one of those people who needs to do it right when I get home or else it stresses me out.

What are your plans for the holidays?  Do you typically go on a trip or stay home?  Everyone is so cheery today, you can tell how ready people are for Christmas!  The positive vibes are getting things off to a great start!  Happiness is contagious!

Enjoy your time off everyone!

XOXO

(one: Illesteva sunglasses, Tshirt, Jack Rogers, bangles, bag, bracelet, earrings, Lemlem scarf, jeans; two: shirt, pants, shoes, bag, bracelet, necklace,  earrings, jacket; three: sweater, Jack Rogers, bracelet, bangles, earrings, bag, shorts (old J.Crew); four: shirt, scarf, necklace, earrings, bracelet, bangles, bag, shoes, pants; five: shirt, bangles, bag, earrings, shoes, pants, Ray Ban sunglasses, jacket)

A Day in the Life: Katie

Katie

Katie

Age: 27
Current City:  NYC
Job:  Retail/Fashion – C.Wonder
Cocktail of choice: Margarita on the rocks with salt
Fave food: “I love bacon… but for a real meal I’ll go with a burger!”
Favorite NYC restaurant: Palma in the West Village
Favorite season: Summer
Favorite vacation: Barcelona
Favorite color: Pink
Obsession: “My black lab Lucy.”
Favorite board game:  Catch phrase & Apples to Apples!

A DAY IN KATIE’S LIFE

6:50am – “Alarm goes off.  Hit snooze 4 times.  Doze in and out of sleep thinking about my day and what I’m going to wear.”

7:15am – Get out of bed, showered and dressed “I always make my bed or my day is off-balance!” – same here sister!; in Katie’s makeup bag: Redken shampoo, Moroccan Oil Conditioner, Laura Mercier one-step cleanser, primer and tinted moisturizer, NARS Laguna bronzer, Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc, Lancome mascara, Stila eye liner, L’oreal Sublime Bronze, Sugar lip balm, Dior lip gloss, Chanel Chance Perfume

7:40am – Leave apartment and walk to work in the Flatiron “I always take a different route than the day before to change things up, never know what you may see in NYC!

7:50am – Stop at Starbucks on 5th Ave. for a Grande Vanilla Latte or Venti Caramel Iced Coffee

8:00am – Arrive to the office and go through e-mails, sign into Gchat, go over the calendar for the day, check out Womens Wear Daily headlines

8:00am – 11:00am – Meetings, review business, best sellers/worst sellers, trends etc.; Constantly getting previews of apparel and accessories for upcoming seasons (“best part of my job!”)

11:00am – Daily visit to Ruelala and OneKingsLane followed by Gilt Group at noon

12:00pm – Lunch; Favorite spots in Flatiron: Eately, Mangia, Chop’t, Schnipper’s, Melt Shop, Rickshaw dumplings

1:00pm-7:00pm – “My afternoon is filled with meetings, e-mails, and more meetings.  There is usually an afternoon snack which consists of  some form of chocolate & a diet coke.”

7:00pm-8:00pm – “Try to wrap up for the day, walk home, make phone calls, listen to music depending on the day.  Currently loving Rihanna and anything Christmas!”

8:30pm-10:00pm – “Dinner which usually involves something quick, easy and sad to say boring: Lean Cuisine, cereal or salad . Then I catch up on my DVR’d shows (RHOBH, Revenge, 666 Park, Nashville, Bachelor, E news, Keeping up with the Kardashians….).”

10:00pm – Bedtime; “Get into bed, browse through Facbeook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, US Weekly until I fall asleep!”

Thanks Katie!  Katie is a former finance gal herself who was brave enough to make the switch to her real passion – fashion!  Working in the fashion industry sounds like so much fun and I am inspired by your courage!  It’s hard to figure out what it is exactly that you want to do once you enter into the real world and even harder to realize you are not stuck in one profession once you start.  For those of you unfamiliar with C.Wonder, it is a newer brand started by Chris Burch (Tory Burch’s ex-husband) and has a similar feel to the Tory Burch brand, at a better price point.  The first store they came out with is on Spring Street in SoHo and is a really fun place to check out if you’re visiting the city!  They have amazing and fun things for the home and your wardrobe!

Hope everyone’s weeks are off to the right start!  My thoughts and prayers are with the families of Newtown, CT.  Let’s be thankful for all of our families and friends who we love and not lose sight of the bigger picture.

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

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!