Tuesday, July 16, 2019

MIXING DAILY STAPLES WITH STATEMENT JEWELRY AND WHAT TO INVEST IN


It's no secret that I'm a minimalist when it comes to so many things in life, but I often gravitate towards statement pieces, too.  Don't worry, even that category is minimal, but often times they are sentimental in some way - a gift from J or a surcie I picked up while traveling.  They may not be things I wear every week, or sometimes even every month, but they're some of my favorite pieces in my closet.  

When it comes to jewelry, my mix of the pieces I wear daily + my statement pieces are all I own.  When I was in my early 20's, I used to have stands full of necklaces and cheap statement earrings that I reached for every day - come on, we all had the J.Crew bubble necklace, right??  Okay, the fact that I just linked to that shows you how much I love you - that was solely for your entertainment.  Woooww, moving on!  The older I've gotten, the more I've focused on daily staples, growing my collection of timeless pieces, and investing in a few statement pieces that I'll cherish forever.  

For the dailies, I'm still growing my collection.  I'm at a stage in life where I want to do my own thing - wear what I love and what makes me happy.  I got a few more piercings for my 29th birthday and purchased small, diamond studs for them.  Aside from those, I have small, dainty studs that I love and wear every single day.  I want a ring on almost every finger, but not just any rings - ones that mean something to me.  Lastly, I have a few necklaces that I layer and all three of them mean something to me, as well .  Basically, when it comes to my everyday pieces - I want layered, dainty, and sentimental.

For the statement pieces, I want a) classic brands I love and b) pieces that can easily elevate my look.  Like these Chanel earrings for instance, I've worn them with everything from a swimsuit, to an oversized sweater, to a gown.  In the bottom, left hand corner, is my Gucci horse-bit choker.  I can wear it as a stand alone piece or even wrap it around my wrist for a chunky bracelet.  These are pieces that I wouldn't take anything for and hope to pass down to my daughter or daughter-in-law one day. 


Whether it's a small, dainty piece or a designer statement piece you may wear three times a year - if something speaks to you, that's all that matters.  When I look down at my hands, I see my wedding rings.  My mom's wedding band that means the world to me.  My 29th and 30th birthday gifts from J that are both engraved on the inside.  (So is my wedding band, that's kind of J's thing and I love it.)  When I pull out special statement pieces like my Chanel brooch, I think of our trip to DC when we toured the white house and spent the weekend with friends.  J purchased a pair of blue suede shoes (we were feeling very patriotic, obviously) to commenrate the occasion and I purchased a brooch I'll love forever.  As we grow out of the trends, focus on pieces that tell a story - YOUR STORY.

MY DAILY STAPLES
Wedding Rings {my set + my mom's wedding band}
Cartier Love Ring {my 30th birthday present from J}
Anine Bing Pinky Ring {my 29th birthday present from J}
Dainty Mejuri Rings
Anine Bing Best Friend Necklace
Monica Vinader Charm + Chain {with our wedding date roman numerals}
Diamond Stud Earrings {J got these for me when we were engaged}

 I hope you all have a beautiful day and thanks so much for stopping by!  X.

P.S. - THIS is the best jewelry box I've ever owned!  It's brass + glass with a linen base and it keeps all of my pieces so protected.  It's beautiful - I've had mine for about 3 years and it still looks great!  My lalique dish that holds my rings, my limoge box that holds my stud earrings, and my French tray are all from my best friend, Paula and similar options can be found in her shop, if you're interested!

Friday, July 12, 2019

WHY THIS YEAR'S NORDSTROM POST LOOKS VERY DIFFERENT / PIVOT


It's that time of year again - the #NSALE is kicking off and I think it's safe to say we all have a love/hate relationship with it.  Over the last couple of weeks, I've had a combination of DMs and comments regarding the sale.  Some asking what my plan is this year and when I'll have my picks up and others thanking me for not filling my stories and their feeds with 'all things Nordstrom sale'.  Honestly, there's enough of that out there already.  

So, this year as I've pivoted quite a bit within this space, I thought to myself - how do I want to go about the Nordstrom sale this time around?  Are there a lot of great items on sale?  Sure.  Do they make it first come, first serve so that everyone freaks out and buys everything they can, as fast as they can?  Absolutely.  Will I be purchasing from the sale this year?  Yes, a few things.  However, do any of us need any of it?  Probably not.  Will I allow it to consume my mind + time while I'm on vacation?  Definitely not.

For years, I have set an alarm for 3AM EST, woken up early to shop the best from the sale + rounded up my favorites for you guys and spent countless hours creating content surrounding those items.  Blog post after blog post and instagram stories full of what you need and why you need it.  In turn, this sale has always been a huge source of income for me, as I make a small commission on anything that's purchased through my site.  Most years, it's been the highest revenue driver for me out of any month in the entire year.

However, I've said it before and I'll say it again, for me and in this season - the days of endless outfit posts have dissipated quite a bit.  I'm much more intentional about what's filling my closet (my time, my home, and my headspace) and to be honest, it's not a ton of seasonal, trendy pieces that I'll probably donate by this time next year.  

How can I preach minimalism + closet staples while also telling you that you NEED ALL of these things from the sale.  Oh, and you have to put them on your credit card to get them.

To be completely transparent, here are 4 reasons why I'm not promoting the sale like I typically do:

1. / It's too much.  There are staple things that I purchase every single year from the sale - and I will this year, too.  A few beauty items like my favorite Kiehl's lotion that will last me until next year's sale, a product or two I keep on constant rotation, and my favorite, Diptyque candles.  Always!  Aside from that, I may purchase a neutral cardigan that I'll throw on all season long, possibly a pair of flats from a brand like Vince or one I truly love, and a couple of things for J.  Other than that, I simply don't need any of it.  I spend upwards of $1000 each year because I get caught up in the sale.  Making sure I get it before it sells out and spending way too much money to do so.  Like I mentioned before, most of the pieces I purchase don't stay in my closet until the next year.  It's taken me 5 years to realize, why the investment?

2. / It's not realistic.  Let's be honest, the sale gets us all really excited for Fall, but for me, I can't even think about wearing those pieces I'm purchasing for another 4 months.  At least.  That's why I usually stick to a cardigan I can layer or something versatile because the rest of it will just sit pretty in my closet with the tags on it until the weather cools down.  Again, beauty favorites and possibly a home item or two make way more sense for me.

3. / I'm an influencer and I get sick of hearing about the sale.  If you follow a few fashion bloggers on instagram and/or read their blogs, you should turn the words 'Nordstrom Sale' into a drinking game today.  Actually, don't because you'll be down for the count.  And trust me, I get it - it's our job to promote things like this and let you in on our latest and greatest finds.  However, this sale has turned into be that x a million.  We all promote and share things that we feel are on brand for us, so to each their own.  But, knowing where to draw that line sometimes is half the battle.  And please know, I'm not bashing any of other blogger who is promoting this sale today.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with it.  Not in the last five years and not today.  I'm just letting you know why I don't feel right about it this year.  I'm fine with being, actually I want to be, the one influencer in your feed today who's not talking about it.

4. / I'm not the best one anyway!  Can I pick out the best neutrals from the sale and recommend them?  Absolutely!  However, there are so many other influencers out there who I love that take the time to review the pieces ahead of time, go into a store and try them on so that they truly know the quality, and work tirelessly to help you shop the sale the best + most efficient way.  My early alarm clock doesn't have anything on the time they pour into helping you navigate the sale!  A few of my favorites who will be ON IT today with the best #NSALE content is Jennifer Lake (statement pieces, work wear, and color), Fashion Jackson (my fellow neutral lover, basics at an adorable price), and Emily Ann Gemma (who has probably tried/tested every beauty product on the planet)!  If you're looking to shop the sale and need an amazing, honest resource to go to - these are your girls!

I'm currently still in Mexico and I'll be shopping the sale at some point today to grab my annual favorites and whatever else I think is actually worth the investment.  I will most definitely share with you what I purchase from the sale - aside from that, I just don't have it in me this year.  I so appreciate being able to be open + honest with y'all - I want this space to be one where we can call things for what they are, in a positive + uplifting way, and simply be transparent.  Over the last few years, getting to know and understanding myself more has changed this space in so many ways and I'm proud of that.  I have to, and always want to, practice what I preach.

I'll circle back around later today (while I'm on our flight home!) and update this post with what I purchased - until then, have a beautiful weekend!  Cheers, friends!

P.S. -MeganRunion.com is SO close to launching!!  Hopefully I'll have an exact date for you next week!, but I can't wait to share what we've been working on with you!

UPDATE - I just shopped the sale and got a few of my annual favorites!

I PURCHASED:

THREE of these Diptyque Candle Sets (I love them for home use + they're perfect for throwing in with a gift!)  If you want perfume included, this set is a great option, too!

This cardigan - size xs, in oatmeal - perfect for layering and transitioning into Fall, even with an all white look.

This hand soap for our guest bath - love Le Labo.

My favorite home diffuser I've been using for years!

My huge + favorite Kiehl's lotion - I purchase this every year and it lasts me until the next year's sale!  I use it almost every day, if not every other.

Lastly, I use + support Neulash and both of their products are on sale!  The lash serum + eyebrow serum both encourage hair growth and they're so good.

That's it!  We are seriously overwhelmed by all of your kind + supportive messages today.  We sat at breakfast, by the water, reading + responding to each one and I can't tell you how much it means to me.  You guys just get it and I'm so thankful for that.  So grateful for this community and love each and every one of you so much!  We're sipping on one last cocktail and about to head to the airport - thanks so much for stopping {back} by!  XX.
Meg

Monday, July 8, 2019

GIRLS TRIP TO HOTEL BENNETT, CHARLESTON SC


A couple of weeks ago, I stole my mom away and we headed to Charleston for a few days by the water.  We both had a couple of high-stress weeks prior and decided an impromptu girls trip was just what we needed.  Hotel Bennett opened earlier this year and sadly I wasn't able to be in Charleston for the opening celebration, but staying there as soon as possible was at the top of my list!  


From the perfect King Street location to the French-inspired decor, Hotel Bennett is beyond dreamy.  My mom and I checked in and literally - both of our jaws dropped when we walked into our suite.  Built-in bookshelves, a cozy bed, a huge bathroom with floor-to-ceiling marble, and a bottle of champagne just waiting to be popped!  It somewhat reminds me of The Plaza in New York, yet southern, which I absolutely love.


My favorite thing about the Bennett is hands down the rooftop.  There's a big, rooftop bar that feels very nautical meets Ralph Lauren.  Cozy, yet light and airy.  Just outside the large french doors, there's a beautiful rooftop pool surrounded by cabanas and lounge chairs.  We had the best day relaxing by the pool with beautiful views of downtown Charleston right in front of us!


My second favorite thing about the hotel is Camellias - a champagne + caviar bar right inside the lobby of the Bennett.  Virginia, Mr. Bennett's mom, inspired the bar and together, they thought of every single detail.  The custom wallpaper with camellias, pink chairs, and metallic accents set the feminine mood perfectly - it's the perfect place to meet your girlfriend for brunch or happy hour!  And of course, they have my absolute favorite champagne  - Veuve Clicquot.  Done and done!


As I mentioned before, Hotel Bennett is located on King Street in the middle of Charleston's Historic Downtown.  There are so many amazing restaurants and shops within walking distance from the hotel.  The Bennett also has a restaurant within their lobby, Gabrielle, an additional bar beside Camellias that you can pop into for a night cap, and La P√Ętisserie, a full coffee bar within the hotel that offers french baked goods and light bites.  Other than heading to the beach, we barely left the hotel - they have everything you need!  On that note, our favorite beach is Sullivan's Island, but whichever Charleston beach you love on either side of the peninsula is only about a 20-25 minute drive from the hotel.


Charleston is our favorite home away from home and J and I love to have a rolodex of go-to places that we pop into each time we're in town.  After experiencing the Bennett for a few days, I'm already looking forward to going back!  My mom and I had the best trip and I can't wait for J to see the hotel next time we're in Charleston - he will be all about that rooftop situation!  If you're traveling to Charleston soon, make sure The Bennett is on your list - you won't be disappointed!

Outfit details:

Swimsuit Top | Swimsuit Bottoms | Button-Down Shirt | Sweater | Skirt | Sunglasses | Roman Numeral Necklace | Best Friend Necklace

J and I just landed in sunny Mexico this morning and we're so excited to be here!  We haven't been on a relaxing trip, just the two of us, in over 5 years so we're so thankful for a few days away.  More on our trip and where we're staying really soon - have a great day and as always, thank you for stopping by!

Meg

Thank you to Hotel Bennett for partnering on this post + our stay - all opinions are my own. 

Friday, July 5, 2019

LE SOUTH SUMMER


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I hope you all had a great 4th!  This was the first year in a long time that we weren't celebrating by the water, but it was really nice to be at home and hang with our friends + family, too.  Hands down, my favorite holiday!

On that note, there's nothing I love more than my all-American uniform (denim on the bottom, white on the top - aka the #megrununiform) with french-inspired accessories.  Classic, staple pieces you can wear all season long that are neutral + feminine.  J and I are leaving on Monday for a much needed week of vacation and I'm so excited to pack a few of these must-haves!  It's just the two of us, which we haven't done in 5+ years, and I'm looking forward to a few days by the water, minimal make-up (if any), and my only packing the necessities.  

A chic swimsuit, a hat that can transition from the beach to dinner, comfortable flats, a versatile set that you can easily pair with a classic pair of cut offs, a large tote (I'm loving the striped cover in this one), your favorite sunglasses, and of course, sunscreen.  Other than that, I'm packing a couple of flowy dresses for dinners by the water and that's it!

Be sure to follow along on instagram next week to see where we're headed - I hope you all have a great weekend!  Cheers, friends!  X.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE


Other than home, there's no place I feel more comfortable + alive than a Carolina shore - and even then, I'm not far from home.  Ever since I was a little girl, I've always loved being by the water.  I can stay on the beach from sun up until sun down and I soak up every second of it.  There's something about the salty air that gives me a feeling of peace like no place else.  I can breathe deeper and think more clearly.  

A couple of weeks ago, we went out to Sullivan's Island in Charleston for a little impromptu evening shoot and I ended up loving the simplicity of these photos.  Messy hair and wind-blown, but I love the emotion that was captured in each photo.  They're not only simple, but they're raw.  

Yes, we brightened and played with the shadows a bit, but they're not retouched, not smoothed, not reshaped.  Some of them even make me a little uncomfortable - I don't have the perfect waist line, I have cellulite on my butt, my eyes are always drawn to the scar on my neck, and I'm super self conscious of my thighs.  But you know what, we're always our own worst critic.  When I saw these images for the first time, any feeling of uneasiness quickly passed and I just felt proud.  And comfortable in my own skin at 30.  

In this world, more times than not, we get caught up in the highlight reel and the perfect backdrops or overly edited photos.  I'm guilty of it, too.  The mentality of comparison is always a hard one to overcome at any stage in life.  But the truth is, we're all so fearfully and wonderfully made.  All unique, all beautiful in our own ways.  Our scars have stories to tell and our waist lines choose life most days.  Embrace it.  We need to give ourselves a little grace - love ourselves for who we are, where we are in life, and what we've overcome to get to today.  Let yourself rest in the fact that we all have flaws.  In fact, don't just rest in them - celebrate them.  Perfection is not reality and honestly, I don't even want it.  The older I get, the more I care about beauty that can be felt, not just seen.  Sure, I try to take care of my body - I want to be the best possible version of myself on the outside, but more importantly, the inside.  Focus on your heart.  Make that the most beautiful thing about you.

I'll take real + raw over imitation any day - in every way.

This post was supposed to be about my 7 must-haves for the beach and I'll get there later - this reminder felt much more important to share.  Send this to someone who needs to hear it today.  We're so responsible for building each other up - let's dive deeper than striving for the appearance of perfection.  

I hope you all have a beautiful day and I'm so grateful you stopped by.  X.
Meg

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

FRONT PORCH LIVIN' / THE LOVELY COTTAGE


In our opinion, there's nothing better than a southern front porch.  The first time we pulled up to The Lovely Cottage, back when it was a little less lovely, J and I immediately looked at each other and said FRONT PORCH.  It was without a doubt a requirement for us!  No matter what time of year it is, you can always find us starting our day here.  In the summertime while we water the grass each morning and in the winter while we lite our little fire pits and curl up with a blanket - we consider this space a room of our home.  Our front porch is also one of our favorite places to entertain.  We'll eat breakfast on the porch, host a little mid-afternoon happy hour with friends, or even a late night night-cap.  No matter the season or time of day, it's safe to say we live on our cozy, little porch.  

Each time I post a little snap of this space, the questions are always endless, so I thought it would be nice to have a place where all of of the info lives!  Of course, we trade out a few plants depending on the season, as well as pillows + throws and some decor, but for the most part, our porch has a few staples that we love.

Paint Colors:
Ceiling - Sherwin Williams, St. Cecilia
Floor: Sherwin Williams, Charleston Green
Front Door: Sherwin Williams, Charleston Green
(Both colors are from the Charleston Historical palette)

Our porch floor is original to the house and is simple concrete, painted with an epoxy paint.  It chips every now and then and we usually pressure wash + repaint once a year.  We had to replace the ceiling when we renovated, so it's fairly new, but we simply used a pressure treated (perfect for outdoors) beadboard.  

Staples:

Seasonal, and pictured:

If you have any other questions regarding our little cottage, be sure to head over to our THE LOVELY COTTAGE page for all info and be sure to follow along on instagram, too!

I hope you're all having a great week - thanks so much for stopping by!  X.
Meg

Thursday, June 27, 2019

FEMININE, SUMMER STYLE


 Top: Monika Hibbs x Emma Knudsen | Shorts: Levi's {favorites ever, ever} | Tote: MAR Y SOL | Flats: Chanel {similar here + love these} | Sunglasses: Gucci

Happy TGIT, friends - 

Man, I love a good Thursday.  I always love the feeling of the week starting to wind down - especially when we have an easy weekend on the horizon.  

If you don't already know her, let me introduce you to my sweet friend Monika Hibbs.  Monika and I met years ago and I was a total fan girl.  I'd followed her for a while and remember just stalking the photos of her first home and constantly referring back to it for inspiration.  As I got to know her a little better, I found out she's even more beautiful on the inside than she is on the out and I've loved watching her grow over the last few years.  New homes, babies, a new book she's working on - she's literally killing it and I'm so thankful to call her my friend.  Anyway, Monika also just designed + launched 3 beautiful pieces with Emma Knudsen and I was so excited to be one of the first to see it!  The tank I styled here is from her collection and it's so feminine + pretty, plus the quality is amazing. It's lined and the fabric is fairly thick, so it holds up really well.  I threw it on with my favorite cut offs for an easy, Summer brunch in Charleston last week!

Cheers - we're almost to Friday, my loves!  Thanks so much for stopping by!
Meg
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