New Year, New Look: Countdown Looks For 2014

Already searching for the perfect look to bring in 2014? Look no further, these tops, dresses, and skirts from Tobi are sure to turn heads all night long. You can also get all the glam and sequins (and anything else from Tobi’s site) for 40% off until December 30th at 11:59PM PST using the code: DECEMBER40.

New Year, New Look: Countdown Looks for 2014

  • Tobi ‘Seeing Sequin Short Sleeve Top’ (top left)
  • ‘See Me Sequin Bodycon Dress’ (top middle)
  • ‘Sequin Skater Skirt’ (top right)
  • ‘Charming Sparkle Dress’ (bottom left)
  • ‘Shana Top’ (bottom middle)
  • ‘Be Seen Sequin Pencil Skirt’ (bottom right)

Celebrate in style!

xoxo, Megan

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The Perfect Dresses For Your Holiday Festivities

The start of December brings the start of shopping sprees. Everyone knows that a little sparkle during the holidays is never a bad thing. If you want to stand out, in a good way, at your holiday party then a little sparkle and a lot of glamour is the way to go. These dresses are cute and fabulous and are guaranteed to turn heads. You can pair them with tights, flats, or some fun or classic heels and you’ll be ready to go!

Holiday Dresses

  • ‘Anita Shift Dress’ by Ella Moss (top left)
  • ‘L’Wren Scott Collection Sequin Wiggle Dress’ from Banana Republic (top middle)
  • ‘Crepe Boatneck Dress’ from J.Crew (top right)
  • ‘Collection Cate Sequin Dress’ from J.Crew (bottom left)
  • ‘See Me Sequin Bodycon Dress’ from Tobi in Matte Burgundy (bottom middle) *This dress also comes in matte gold and navy.
  • ‘Sequin Tier Dress’ from Tobi (bottom right) *This dress also comes in black.

I hope you love these dresses as much as I do!

xoxo, Megan

2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Under $20

There’s nothing better than a great gift at a great price! Why splurge when you have so many other gifts to buy for your family and friends? I’ve found these cute gifts at a great price, perfect for spreading the love to your family, friends, coworkers, and anyone else on your shopping list!

Holiday Gift Guide: Under $20

  • Chevron Coasters — $12.50 from J.Crew.
  • Ceramic Jewelry Tray — $19.50 from J.Crew. This also comes in a couple other colors!
  • Fair Isle Trouser Socks — $14.50 from J.Crew.
  • Things We Love Eat Cake For Breakfast Mug by Kate Spade New York — $20.00.
  • Holiday Gift Guide: Under $20Lilly Pulitzer Wine Tote in ‘Garden By The Sea’ — $20.00.
  • ‘Break The Ice’ Insulated Tumbler by Kate Spade New York — $18.00 from Nordstrom.
  • Jonathan Adler 2013-2014 Agenda in ‘Dunbar Road’ — $20.00 from Swoozies.
  • ‘Paris Is Always’ Note Pads (2-pack) by Ben’s Garden — $14.00 from Nordstrom.

I hope you enjoy!

xoxo, Megan

2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Under $50

Christmas shopping can be fun, but it can also tug on your wallet. But it doesn’t have to be an expensive experience. Plan ahead this year! Keep track of all of your favorite store’s sales and beat the crowd! These are a few great gifts that I have found online that are under $50. I will be posting more gift guides throughout the holiday season, so stay tuned!

Holiday Gift Guide: Under $50

  • Acrylic Cambridge Monogram Bracelet (top left) — $48.00 from Moon and Lola. These bracelets come in many different colors! This website is a fantastic place to get any and all monogrammed jewelry! Trust me, I would know, I’m a fanatic of monograms!
  • Deena & Ozzy Hammered Cross-body Bag (top right) — $42.00 from Urban Outfitters. This bag also comes in several other colors!
  • Glitter Box Set (bottom left) — $30.00 from Kate Spade New York. These socks are too cute and come in great Christmas colors!
  • Dainty Texas Necklace (middle bottom row) — $46.00 from The Impeccable Pig. I’m from Texas so, of course, I love this necklace!
  • Neiman Marcus Exclusive Four Monogrammed Coasters (bottom right) — $34.00
  • Holiday Gift Guide: Under $50Crane & Co. For J.Crew ‘Merci’ Card Set (top left) — $24.50 from J.Crew. These thank you cards are so cute! And who doesn’t need to re-stock their thank you notes? I know I get plenty of use from them.
  • ‘To The Moon’ Pillow by Primitives by Kathy (top right) — $24.00 from Nordstrom. This pillow is too cute! It can also easily match with other pillows, therefore whoever you give this gift to (even if it’s for yourself, I won’t tell!) you won’t have to worry about it not going well with their decor.
  • ‘Color Me Glossy’ Lip Glaze Set by Stila (bottom left) — $28.00 from Nordstrom. I personally love Stila lip gloss. This gift makes for a great stocking stuffer too!
  •  Kate Spade New York Drop Earrings (middle bottom row) — $48.00 from Nordstrom. These Kate Spade earrings also come in several other colors! These earrings are so classic, a great purchase for a friend or relative, or even yourself!
  • ‘Be Dazzling’ Scented Candle by Kate Spade New York (bottom right) — $40.00 from Nordstrom. This candle also comes in black and white polka dots. Who doesn’t love a good candle? I know I sure do!
  • Holiday Gift Guide: Under $50‘101 Recipes You Can’t Live Without’ Cookbook by Macmillan (top left) — $24.99 from Nordstrom. Ok someone needs to get me this! I need to get in the kitchen and learn how to make yummy new recipes, because only knowing how to make mac n’ cheese and scrambled eggs isn’t cutting it.
  • ‘Everyday Pretty’ Lip & Eye Palette by Bobbi Brown (top right) — $30.00 from Nordstrom. This is a great stocking stuffer!
  • Boxed Initial Pendant by Nadri (right) — $38.00 from Nordstrom. This is a classic gift and a great stocking stuffer!
  • Etched Enamel Bangle in ‘Natural’ (bottom left) — $39.50 from J.Crew. This bangle also comes in two other colors!
  • Acrylic Hartford Block Monogram Post Earrings (bottom right) — $44.00 from Moon and Lola. These come in many different colors!

I hope you enjoy these goodies as much as I do!

xoxo, Megan

DIY: Sharpie Mugs

Hello fellow craft lovers!

One of my favorite hobbies is doing Do It Yourself projects. There are so many things that you can create for half the price (or less!) of what you could buy them for. In college I made many DIY projects because I was on a tight budget. I created canvases for my “little sisters” in my sorority. I also created decor for my room! You can create so many things if you take the time to do it, and it doesn’t ever take too long!

Today, I will be teaching you how to make a Sharpie mug! I was originally inspired to make these when I found many cute mugs on Pinterest. There were some mugs that said “his” and “hers,” and there were others that said “Don’t talk to me until I have my morning coffee.” There were a lot of cute and funny mugs! I kept wondering where they bought them, but then I decided that I didn’t really need to spend money on a coffee mug, when I could create one!

Hence the Sharpie Mug DIY project. I made these mugs for my friends for Christmas this year! This was a SUPER easy project and turned out really great! I’m looking forward to trying different colors and designs in the future. For this mug design, I was inspired by Kate Spade New York products, so I incorporated the gold polka dots into my design and my friends’ first initials so that they were personal gifts.  This is a really fun and easy DIY project and a great gift idea!

DIY Sharpie Mug materialsWhat You Need:

  • Sharpie (I chose gold, but you can use any color that you want!)
  • A mug (I bought mine for $3.00 at Wal-Mart, I couldn’t find any white mugs that I liked at the Dollar Store at the time, but that is also a great, and cheaper, option!)
  • An oven

How To Make Your Sharpie Mug:

  • Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Think of a design that you want for your mug. — You can get ideas from your favorite designer (my design inspiration is Kate Spade, but Mara Hoffman could be a fun and challenging design also!) or you can Google “designs.” Or you could also think of a favorite quote to write on your mug!
  • Draw your design on your mug with your Sharpie(s).
  • Make sure to go over the design a second time, maybe even a third, so that it won’t fade and it will look extra shiny! Press hard with your Sharpie to be sure that your design comes out well.
  • Place your mug(s) in the oven once it’s ready at 350 degrees.
  • Set your timer for 30 minutes.
  • Once 30 minutes have passed, let your mugs cool for about 15-20 minutes inside the oven. Don’t forget to turn off the oven! Do not touch the mugs until they have had time to cool, they will be very hot!!

And voila! Your DIY Sharpie Mug is complete!!

DIY Sharpie Mugs

DIY Sharpie Mug

Enjoy!

xoxo, Megan

Booties & Boots: Must-Haves for Fall

Boots and booties have been in style for as long as I can remember. They are the go-to for skinny jeans, leggings, skirts, and dresses…pretty much any fall or winter look! These are just a few of my favorite this fall:

Boots & Booties: Must-Haves

  • Knotted Fringe Booties from Anthropologie (top left)
  • Frye ‘Carson’ Wedge Booties
  • Chinese Laundry ‘Elise Laughter’ Booties from Nordstrom (bottom left)
  • Bamboo ‘Parksville 21’ Chesnut Brown Belted Riding Boots

I actually have the Bamboo ‘Parksville 21’ Chesnut Brown Belted Riding Boots! I bought them from a store in Oxford, Mississippi called My Favorite Shoes, which is pretty fitting because they are easily my favorite boots for this fall! They are high-knee and go great with all of my fall outfits!

Enjoy!

xoxo, Megan

Why YOU Need to Rent The Runway

Rent the Runway

This year I became a debutante for the San Antonio German Club. I have used Rent the Runway for every single debutante party and have had such a great experience! A lot of these debutante events require a floor-length gown and my mother and I both agreed that there was just simply no need to buy multiple floor-length gowns that I was only going to wear once. Therefore, I discovered the wonderful Rent the Runway website!

If you don’t know, Rent the Runway is a website that has everything from dresses, jewelry, and essentials such as Spanx, fashion tape, adhesive bras, and more. Just like their name says, Rent the Runway offers designer items that you can find straight from the runway!

I personally am obsessed with Rent the Runway because it is the perfect way to wear a fabulous dress to a special occasion, and not be tempted to outfit repeat. Not only is it great for avoiding an outfit repeat, but it is also great for when you need a certain dress, such as a formal gown, that you will probably only wear once and there’s no need for you to purchase it and have it sitting in the back of your closet sadly gathering dust.

How Rent the Runway Works:

  • Choose your “Rental Delivery Date”  — exactly which month/day you want your item(s) to be delivered and sitting beautifully at your doorstep. *Note: I would choose your items to be delivered one or two days before you actually need to wear them, just in case there is an issue in delivery.
  • Choose your size
  • Type in your zip code

You can then choose…

  • Your price range! — One of my favorite tools while shopping online, that way you can avoid temptation (I clearly have too much temptation while shopping online) of items that you just can’t afford.
  • Color/Print — This is a great way to avoid wasting time looking at things you might not need, if you’re shopping in a hurry! For instance, trying to find a dress for a Valentine’s Day themed party and only wanting a pink or red dress.
  • Length of Dress (if you’re shopping for dresses) — You can choose short: mini, mid-thigh length, knee-length, or tea length. Or you can choose to search for long dresses!
  • Trend — Choose from a wide variety of today’s trends such as: beaded, burgundy, color-block, cut outs, emerald, jumpsuits, lace, maxi, metallic, peplum, or sequins! It’s practically like a personal shopper telling you exactly what is in-style!
  • Body Type — Which includes: apple, athletic, bump friendly (for the women that are expecting out there!), full bust, hourglass, pear, petite, and straight & narrow.
  • Occasion — Which includes: date, formal affair, party, vacation, and wedding.
  • Sleeve — Which includes: 3/4 sleeve, cap sleeve, long sleeve, short sleeve, sleeveless, and strapless.
  • Neckline — Which includes: boat, cowl, crew, halter, high neck, off the shoulder, one shoulder, scoop, shirt collar, square, straight, sweetheart, and v-neck.
  • Age — Which includes: teens, early 20s, late 20s, 30s, and 40s +
  • Style — Which includes: classic, edgy, feminine, preppy, and trendy.
  • Designer — Which includes a long list of great designers from A-Z!

How You Rent Your Item(s):

  • Select your size (if it isn’t already there)
  • Select a second FREE size — This is a great bonus!! I know that shopping for clothes online can be scary because every body is different, but this free additional size makes trying on dresses from the Internet easy! Plus you can measure yourself using the size & fit notes
  • Select the days you would like your dress to arrive — You can choose either 4 days or 8 days. Be sure to choose it before your original scheduled delivery date, I would say a day or two before your scheduled delivery date just to be safe.

What Happens Next?

You’ll receive your item(s) and love them, that’s what happens next! But really, you will, and you will also receive a pre-addressed envelope for when you need to send your item(s) back to Rent the Runway.

What I Love about Rent the Runway:

  • Free additional size, need I say more?
  • You don’t even have to dry clean the dress before sending it back, again, need I say more? One less thing to pay for!
  • Speaking of one less thing to pay for, Rent the Runway includes a pre-addressed envelope for when you need to send your item(s) back! I personally dread going to the Post Office to return items because sometimes it’s just a hassle, but this pre-addressed envelope makes it all so simple! You just put your item(s) in the envelope and drop it off at the Post Office, that’s it!
  • Customer photos — This might be my absolute favorite part about Rent the Runway. All dresses look good on a model, we all hope they’ll look the same on us but let’s face it we’re not all a size zero. Customer photos allow you to look at tons of pictures that real customers have uploaded onto the Rent the Runway website. These reviews include photos, what size they bought, sometimes their body type or size even, the extra size they ordered, and a detailed but brief review about what they liked/disliked and what worked/didn’t work. I usually read reviews before I buy anything online, and I always submit reviews after purchasing items online, but, in my opinion, Rent the Runway truly “takes the cake” for best review method. Their customer reviews really do help!
  • Avoiding the temptation to re-wear an outfit — Let me make myself clear, I absolutely 100% am an outfit repeater. However, for big events such as a party or wedding, I really try not to repeat a dress (at least within the same year). I think a fancy dress is such a beautiful thing and so memorable that it needs one and only one magnificent debut, and then it can be saved for a later date. Although, I do break this rule when it comes to solid color dresses. You can easily “change-up” a solid color dress with new jewelry, a new clutch, or unique pumps! But with patterned dresses I try to stick to my rule of not re-wearing the outfit.
  • It’s perfect for ordering something in advance, and not having to worry about it when it comes close to that special occasion.

I hope this helps! Now go rent yourself something special!!

xoxo, Megan