Thursday, April 19, 2018

PALM SPRINGS ROUND UP // #REVOLVEFESTIVAL

Hi there, babes - I'm officially back!  So sorry for the silence on here the past few days, but my trip to LA/Palm Springs for the #revolvefestival was SO busy!  I know I kept you guys pretty up-to-date on instagram while I was away on what we were doing/events we were attending, so I won't be repetitive, but I did want to share all of my outfit details with you in one place!  I'm so thankful to my Revolve family for putting together such an amazing trip and I can't wait until next year!

{ dress | shoes }



{ booties }


tee | belt bag | skirt | booties }

{ checking into the V Palm Springs }


{ crop top | shorts | belt bag | hèrmes sandals }

crop top | denim | belt bag | hèrmes sandals - with the beautiful nicole richie}


jacket | crop top | skirt | sneakers }

crop top | jacket | shorts - hair by mane addicts }

jacket | crop top | skirt | sneakers }


belt bag | jacket | crop top | skirt | sneakers }

{ dress }

tee | shorts }

dress }

 { belt bag | denim | tee | sneakers }

Thank you all so much for engaging in my posts while I was away!  Every single 'like', comment, DM, etc. seems to insignificant, but means so much to me.  As much fun as I had, I am SO happy to be home with J, my pups, + my chicks for a few days!!  I hope you all have a beautiful weekend - cheers, babes!

X.
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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

WHERE WE STAND + PINKY PROMISES

image by Carrie Elizabeth Photography

As I'm sitting here starting to type this post, I can't believe it's been six years since For All Things Lovely came to life.  With no idea what I was doing, what it would turn into or even what I wanted it to turn into for that matter; my little space of the internet started with so much heart and such a simple mindset.  Little did I know, it would take me on one of the most amazing journeys of my life.

From that little spark of creativity and passion to now my full time job, I feel like we're a little overdue to renew a few vows.  When I think about the community we've cultivated through For All Things Lovely + social media over the last few years, the places we've been able to go, the people we've been able to meet, and the amazing brands we've been so amazingly blessed to work with, I'm simply overwhelmed.  Grateful doesn't even start to cover it.

But now, a little more than six years later - the job has evolved.  

Like anything, the game has changed - the investment is greater, the struggle is harder, and the stakes are higher.  

After the last year or so of soul searching and trying to figure out what I can do better, how I can grow more, or what sets me apart from the millions of amazing women who now do the same thing I do every day - only one answer came to mind.  

DO YOU.

At the end of the day, all I want is for my blog + social outlets to be a genuine reflection of who I am as a person, who we are as a family, and sharing real life with you.  If it ever becomes anything but that, I don't want it anymore. 

After all that soul searching, what I realized was that you're not only following me.  The days of posting on instagram simply to sell a $40 top are long gone.  Who cares?  Life + love are bigger.  And the opportunity we've had and still have to build a community full of strong, supportive, amazing people is everything.  Yes, the passion for decor, fashion, and travel is all still there and will continue to be a lot of how we share life with you.  But, the end game is so much more.

You're following my family.  You've invested in our journey.  From the early years of our marriage and milestone celebrations, to closing chapters of our lives and opening others, from family struggles to health issues, from moving + renovating our new home to welcoming endless family + friends into our lives and sharing those relationships with you - for six years, we've let you into our lives on purpose.  

Some days more than others.  Most days it's really easy to share the light-hearted, crazy moments with you.  Other days, life occasionally knocks you off your feet and there may be radio silence for a few days.  Whatever life brings, the best part is that we get to do it together.  We get to be real people, with real ups, and downs.  We get to do life together.  And that my friends, is my favorite part of what the past six years has cultivated.

So, what now?

If you've followed me for quite some time, you most likely already know these things by seeing them lived out on a daily basis.  However, there's something so important about setting expectations and sharing what you stand for that's so necessary - and we're long overdue for a few pinky promises.

Here's what you can expect when letting us into your lives:

- We vow to never pretend to be anything we're not.  
The people you see on social media and read about here, are exactly the people we are in real life.  What we believe in, what we stand for, who we are as people + as a family all translates in the brightest light possible.  Always has, always will. 

- Intentional Living.
With every part of us, what you see is what you get.  While this blog is a business, it's also a huge part of me.  Of both of us.  In a world where things can be deceiving, we promise to be honest.  To let you in on the small things, the big things, and everything in between.  The good, the bad, and the ugly.  

- We vow to love + support you, just like you do for us.
Some of our very best friends have been made through the world of blogging + social media.  Between other influencers, brands, businesses, and public relations, we've cultivated the most amazing relationships through this little space of the internet.  While it's not realisitc for all of us to cross paths in life in person, we want to be an outlet for you if ever needed.  From marriage questions and advice to what type of chickens you should get for your backyard (ha), we want to be a resource that you can rely on and trust.  With every single 'like', blog comment, social comment, or recommendation, you guys support me on a daily basis and it would be the very LEAST we could do to return that love + support in any way possible.  

And that's it.  After six years, hundreds of blog posts, and a lot of life lived in-between - that's what it comes down to.  

Creating something you're proud of and building a community of people who get it.   

We are so thankful for each one of you reading this and love you more than our hearts can convey.  

XX.
J and Meg

P.S. - On that real life note, I'm taking off to the West Coast and headed for Coachella with my Revolve family!  It's my first time and I'm not going to lie, I have a little anxiety about what to expect!!  But, I'm looking forward to a few days in the sunshine (and I get to bring my M Bleu with me, so you know it's going to be fuuuun)!  I'll be sharing it all on instagram + stories, so stay tuned!!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

THE LOVELY FIVE


Hi there, babes - 

I hope you're all having a great week so far!  Since it's been a couple of weeks, I wanted to share my current FIVE favorites:

NO. ONE //
Piercings.  Wait, does it sound like I'm 14 again?  Possibly.  However, I have such an obsession with multiple ear piercings right now.  I already have 2 on each ear and I never took the plunge to get the top done when I was younger, but now I'm getting the urge again!  One of my favorites muses - Anine posted hers here and I'm beyond obsessed.  Think I should do it?!  I'm heading to Cali in a few days, so I'm thinking I may do it there!

NO. TWO //
Kombucha.  So for everyone else in the world, this is probably not a new discovery, but I only started drinking kombucha after the new year and I've quickly become obsessed.  My favorite so far is the Pink Lady Apple by Health-Ade - it's SO good.  There's also a really great brewery in Charlotte called Lenny Boy and they make their own flavors that are amazing.  My favorite is the blueberry and it's only 15 calories!!  They're going to start shipping soon so I'll definitely let you know when it's available!

NO. THREE //
Red.  I know what you're all thinking...come again?  Color?  What's happening over there in your neutral obsessed brain??  Haha, but really, you know I always gravitate towards blush and leave anything red in the dust, but lately I've had such a thing for it.  I red an article the other day that talked about red being so hot for the season because it 'demands attention'.  Which is actually so true. It's so eye catching and really gives all of my neutral pieces a fun pop.  So far, I've started slow, but I can tell I'm starting to branch out by purchasing thisthis, and these.

NO. FOUR //
Friends.  We all know how obsessed I am with the show - it's my comfort show of all shows.  I watch multiple episodes every single day, know almost every line, and still follow all of their lives like they are my best friends.  (Because they are, obv.)  BUT, this just in - I found THIS.  And yes, I will be that girl.  UO has so many options for this fan girl and I couldn't hit 'check out' fast enough! 

NO. FIVE // 
The Belt Bag.  I never thought I would be the girl that would love a glorified fanny pack, but I have to admit - I do!  With festival season on the brain, I knew I wanted something that would be easy, carefree, and add a little badass to my otherwise basic looks (because let's be serious, you know I'm going to be in denim + a white tee the entire time I'm in California while everyone else is in a cute, floral set).  I just purchased this one and I'm super stoked to see what it's going to look like on.  It should be here tomorrow, so I'll share my thoughts with you on instagram stories!  What do you guys think - are you into the trend or no?!

Thanks so much for stopping by, X.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

STRIPED SET

 

Top: L'Academie | Shorts: L'Academie | Sandals: Hérmes {dupe here} | Hat: Janessa Leone | Sunglasses: Gucci | Handbag: Chanel | Necklace: Monica Vinader 

Hi there, babes - 

I hope you're all having a great week so far!  I'm still running across a few outfits/photos from our Naples trip a couple of weeks ago and wanted to share the full looks with you!  This season, I'm all about a little two piece number and this striped one is so chic.  Sometimes it's hard to find sets that don't feel super young and this one is great.  I've already worn the shorts with other tops and want to pair the top with a high-waisted white skirt for a fun weekend look.

I'm home in Greenville this week and one of my sweet girlfriends, Lily came into town today to spend a few days with us!  Next week, a super fun trip with a couple of stops - one of which I've never been to before!  More on that soon! 

Thanks so much for stopping by, X.
Meg

Friday, March 30, 2018

HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH


 Dress: Indah {on sale!} | Earrings: Vintage Chanel | Sunglasses: Gucci | Necklace: Monica Vinader {chain here} | Lips: MAC 'Stripdown' + MAC 'Blankety'

First things first - happy Friday, babes - 

Finally, we made it to the weekend!  The last few days have been so crazy and I'm really looking forward to a slow, restful weekend at home.  Surrounded by family to celebrate Easter and nursing my sweet Gibby back to health.

Anyway, I took these photos while I was in Naples a couple of weeks ago and one, it was the windiest shoot ever (in 6 years), but two, I didn't care.  I was so happy, soaking up the sunshine, listening to the waves crash, feeling the sand between my toes, simply feeling the moment - all of it.  Because everything was such complete perfection, I told the photographer who snapped these to leave me raw.  Unedited, unfiltered, and just like I was on that day.  My skin tone is uneven in most, the one thing I'm most insecure about (my scar) is so evident, my hair is a mess (what else is new), and my dress was flying up the entire time.  And the best part is - I could care less.  Raw, pure happiness - and that my friends, is what life is all about.

Thanks so much for stopping by, x.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

VINTAGE JEWELRY WITH SWITCH


As most of you know, I have quite the obsessed with vintage anything.  Home decor, furniture, handbags, etc - but especially jewelry.  Finding gently-used brands that I love like Chanel, Dior, Hermes, and Gucci always makes my day week life.  Especially those super coveted pieces that you regret not purchasing, but after searching and searching, you can finally get your hands on!  However, let's be serious - our bank accounts don't always allow us to pull the trigger on those must-have pieces we love.  That's where SWITCH comes in!  

Switch is an unlimited, designer jewelry rental website that allows you to choose your favorite pieces on an endless rotation.  First, become a member and choose one of their three membership plans.  Second, pick your pieces.  Within days, they'll arrive at your front door and you can keep them as long as you want!  (And my favorite part - for each month you're a member, you get a $10 credit in your account that you can put towards PURCHASING one of those must-have, can't-live-without pieces!)  Third, switch it up!  When you're ready to trade out your pieces, simply package them back up with your pre-paid return label (shipping is always free both ways!) and choose new ones.  It's that simple + easy!  

So when it's time for that dinner party with friends, work event, or trip you've been planning and you want to wear something major that will make everyone do a double take - SWITCH has you covered!

USE CODE LOVELY50 for 50% off your first month!

Outfit Details: Top | Denim | Print c/o

Thanks so much for stopping by, X.
Meg

Thank you to Switch for partnering on this post!  All opinions are my own.
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