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Monday, September 1, 2014

{outfit} Labor Day White and Pastels

Since today is Labor Day here in the US I thought it was only fitting to share an outfit with some white. I'm not really one to follow the "no white after labor day" rule, but I also don't own much white apart from some chunky sweaters. However, this may be the last you see of these jeans for the year since they're cropped and definitely feel more Summer than Fall/Winter. I also decided to finish the outfit with some pastels instead of my usual jewel tones and darker shades.

I hope everyone is enjoying their day off! We had our labor day party yesterday (outfit to come) so today I'm hanging out and reading more Game of Thrones. Finally decided to bite the bullet and read it. I've finished 3.5 out of the 5 in only 3.5 weeks! Then I'll have to wait impatiently for the next 2, which will bring back some Harry Potter memories.

Top: Marc by Marc Jacobs c/o ThredUp, Jeans: Mother c/o Marshalls, Sandals: Madden Girl (Marshalls), Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Shopbop), Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Gilt), Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Shopbop), Necklace: Bubu Ruby (etsy)

Friday, August 29, 2014

{recap} French Wardrobe Challenege - August

The French Wardrobe Challenge is over!! I can't believe I made it through! I'd like to think I did a pretty good job. This month I added a new watch, which I desperately needed, and a cute new bathing suit that I don't need. I also found the EXACT Free People jeans I've been trying to replace for over a year, since I loved my first pair so much. They're used but they still have plenty of wear before they get as bad as my original pair. That's why I love eBay!

Also, if you recall, back in May I went to NYC for the Grand Opening of a new Marshalls store and after that I headed to one of Roundabout's New York locations. I tried on a GORGEOUS Jason Wu dress that I wanted since 2011. Sadly it was too expensive so I left it. BUT a couple weeks ago I went to my local Roundabout for the last day of their Summer Blowout Sale and, as if it were fate, there was the Jason Wu dress! No one bought it in NY so they shipped it over to my store and I got it for $136. It was originally $1995, their original price was $429. With the sale it was an additional 65% off AND ANOTHER 20% off! I also got a black Jason Wu shirtdress for $80, retail $990.

But, I was also really bad and bought a pair of Chanel flats on eBay. In my defense, I had been following them for MONTHS and the seller put them on sale and eBay was offering 4X eBay Bucks, so I made $40 back buying them...justifiable? I hope so! They are also a really cool texture and my favorite colors: burgundy and purple! They haven't arrived yet, so no photo except this.

While I did really enjoy the challenge I think I'm going to go a different direction for the next 6 months. I'm still going to try to only buy basic items but I'm not going to be soooo strict about non-basics.  I'll probably try to stick to a specific color palette so I don't go crazy with statement pieces,  or maybe instead of 5 I'll do 7.

  1. Just five standout pieces per season.
  2. Quality over quantity.
  3. Basics don’t count.
  4. Accessories don’t count, unless you’re spending a lot more than usual.
  5. Socks and underwear don’t count.
  6. Shoes do count.

Part of my Five:

Exempt:  Not counting any items I got from brands or bought for Marshalls Project FAB (bought with a gift card)

Winter Items: I'm still trying to limit these types of purchases, but I can't resist a good deal!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

{outfit} Clad in Purple Plaid

I wore one of the few peplum tops I own when I went out to dinner with my best friends last week. I call it peplum, but it isn't really, but it's as close as I get to the trend. Real peplum pieces never look all that great on me, I prefer the softer version. And I'm getting all the wear out of these jeans that I can before I turn back to all my super dark denim (YAY!)

Top: J Cooper (Lord & Taylor), Jeans: Current/Elliott (sample sale), Sandals: Sam Edelman c/o Thred Up, Clutch: Olivia + Joy, Necklace: Marc Jacobs

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

{outfits} Don't Forget to Accessorize

Today Lydia and I are excited to feature some pieces of jewelry from LA based designer Marrin Costello!  We partnered up with Marrin to showcase how we would style her fabulous pieces! I chose the MIDI Rings (gunmetal), Stellar Ring (gunmetal) and Helix (gold) necklace while Lydia opted for the Baby B (gold) and the Saratoga (gold) bracelets.

While all very different, each piece I received was well made and simply designed. I always find simple jewelry to be the best, because you can pair it with most anything.  For the looks I styled I showed both sides of the coin: a simple black dress with a necklace, and an outfit featuring a print.  I could have switched my jewelry for each look and still looked fabulous! That's how I know I found a great accessory.

Enjoy the photos below, and #DontForgetToAccessorize with Marrin Costello Jewelry! I'm really looking forward to the release of her Stoned collection because, as we all know, I love jewelry with gemstones and other pretty things.

#1 Megan: Marrin Costello Helix necklace (c/o), Jason Wu Dress (Roundabout Resale), Wink & Winn Bag, Cole Haan Sunglasses (c/o Marshalls), Franco Sarto Heels (DSW), Marc by Marc Jacobs Watch (Gilt)

#1 Lydia: J.Crew Blouse, Homemade Shorts,  Target Sandals, Trask “Kaylee” Bag, Thrifted rings & necklace, Ray-Ban 'Meteor' Sunglasses (c/o TJ Maxx)
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#2 Megan: Marrin Costello MIDI Rings (c/o), Marrin Costello Stellar Ring (c/o), Equipment Top (c/o Marshalls), Carven Skirt (Net-a-Porter), Cole Haan Sunglasses, Michael Kors Heels (DSW),  Marc by Marc Jacobs Watch

#2 Lydia: Marrin Costello Baby B Ring (c/o), Marc by Marc Jacobs Dress (thrifted), Karen Scott Pumps (thrifted), Alberta Di Canio Clutch (TJ Maxx), Sweet Olive Jewelry Ring, Under Armour Sunglasses (c/o)

* Marrin Costello provided the jewelry in this post, but all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

{inspired by} A Rocker Outfit [The Police]

Let's do something a little different today: Everyone loves music, right? And a lot of people use musicians as the inspiration for their outfits. My friends know that I am not a new/popular music kind of girl. I prefer Classic Rock and the oldies when I want to get my spirits up. I turn to bands like The Eagles, Beatles, James Taylor or Billy Joel and if I'm in the mood for "new" music, John Mayer (and more recently Manifesto - a British band that I was introduced to via a Harry Potter actor who is in the band.) To switch things up, I decided to create a look inspired by The Police!

The Police were one of the most popular groups in the 70s and 80s and their songs are still played on most radio stations. You would likely find at least one of them in a leather jacket or a blazer, and they loved their jeans! As for shoes, they were fans of boots and sneakers. A pretty easy look to recreate because it has a certain ease about it. (Don't worry, we won't go totally 80's with over-sized blazers as they did.)  I created a look with items from!

Leather Jacket, White Tank Top, Skinny Jeans, Chelsea Boot, Pearl & Chain Necklace, and Round Frame Sunglasses

Some more inspiration images for you to enjoy (and giggle at)

* I have received compensation for this post, but all opinions are my own.