Thursday, May 24, 2018

CULTIVATING YOUR HAT COLLECTION // SPRING + SUMMER

When it comes to styling an outfit, I always focus on the one or two pieces that are going to make it CHIC.  As most of you know, my closet is full of basics, staples, and neutrals so I'm constantly gravitating towards accessories that are going to change a casual tee + denim combination into something killer.  Over the years, I've invested in pretty handbags, designer jewelry, and to-die-for shoes and although those things are all amazing, I've learned that it doesn't always take all of that to make an outfit pop.  Sometimes it's as simple as a HAT.  Now, I know what you're thinking, not everyone can pull off every hat or some even a hat at all.  (I have friends that say that and as much as I want to push them to do it, I love their confidence in knowing when to say nah, not for me.)  There are certain styles and materials that I gravitate towards every time and others that look terrible on me.  It's all about trial and error and knowing what works for you, may not work for everyone and vice versa.  However, when it comes down to it and you get it right, there's just something about a hat that can totally make your look.  Lounge or casual wear?  Throw on a baseball cap.  Swimsuit and cover up?  Reach for your straw hat.  (Which also blocks the sun from your face - win, win!)  All black look for a night out with the girls?  Add a fisherman cap.  Such an easy, and usually inexpensive addition, that can take your basic look to super chic, instantly.  

During warmer months, my straw hats are everything.  I reach for them on pool days, with causal outfits, to travel with, etc.  Over the last couple of years, I've focused on cultivating a timeless collection.  Once I learned what my favorite style/shape was, I started investing in hats that are classic enough to wear for years to come. By far, my two favorite brands are Janessa Leone and Lack of Color.  All different price points, some more than others, but they are worth every penny.  And if you're anything like me, they make pretty decor, too!

Here are a few of my favorites in each category:

STRAW:

FISHERMAN:

BALL CAP:

Which style is your favorite?

Thanks so much for stopping by, X.
M E G

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

DIOR ON A CAROLINA COAST


 Photos by my love, Carrie Elizabeth

Sweatshirt: Vintage Dior | Shorts: {old, love these} | Swim Top: Minimale Animale | Swim Bottoms: L*Space | Watch: MK | Sunglasses: Gucci

Finally, I'm back!!  J and I had the most amazing, whirlwind of a trip!  We were only in Europe for a week, but I feel like it was a month.  Everything we saw, every country we visited, every meal we ate - it was all beautiful.  I feel like we did SO much in such a short amount of time.  Between the busy schedule and the jet lag, we maybe slept 20 hours the entire week we were away, but it was totally worth it.  When traveling, I always have the mentality of 'who needs sleep?' and I try to soak up every second of wherever I am.  Which is usually why I need a full day or two to recover once I'm back home!  Traveling is just such a special thing and I'm always so grateful for the experience, so I want it all - to be present, to see and do as much as I can, and to take in every single moment.  Europe was no different and I was so thankful to have J by my side.  We captured some amazing content, some of which we've already shared on instagram and more to come, so stay tuned!

Right before NYC and Europe, I took off to Charleston with 3 of my best friends for one of my favorite things in the world - a country music concert.  {Insert praise hands}  Before we all arrived and the evening began, I snuck in a little shoot time with my favorite boss-babe, Carrie Elizabeth for a fun shoot by the water.  The weather was perfect, the beach was empty, and the clothes eventually came off.  This swimsuit is my absolute favorite - it's so classic, so chic, and so flattering!  Also, can we talk about the first Dior piece I've ever owned?  I scored this vintage gem from NYC and I'm in love!!

I hope you're all having a great week so far!  We have a ton of rain on the horizon for this week, but as soon as it passes, J and I are going to shoot some amazing content around the house for you!  Gardening, entertaining, and finally - the official home tour!  SO happy to be home and can't wait to share more of the lovely cottage with you!

XX.
M E G

Friday, May 11, 2018

YSL BABY // CLOSET STAPLES


Tee: YSL {also love this one + this similar version} | Flared Pants: Anine Bing | Boots: Anine Bing | Sunglasses: Fendi | Necklaces: Vintage Chanel + Monica Vinader {chain here} | Belt Bag: Gucci | Watch: MK 

Remember that time my first blog post OF THE WEEK was on Friday?!  Man, I don't know about you guys, but I am really killing it.  {insert major eye roll}  However, life has been crazy.  Beyond crazy, really.  As much as I absolutely love traveling, it always throws me off from my norm and for some reason, blog posts usually fall into that.  Anyway - I'm here!!  So I'm going to go ahead and call that a win.

I love this outfit for so many reasons.  Yes, the boujie tee speaks right to my soul, but can we talk about these leather pants for a second?  99% of the time when I go to grab pants out of my closet - it's black denim.  Because of that, I wanted a fun way to switch up that look, but something that would be just as much of a closet staple.  These pants are expensive, without a doubt.  I had my eye on them for months and after saving for quite some time, finally pulled the trigger.  When something is my constant go-to, I'm totally fine with spending the extra money because I know I will get so much use out of it and it will last for years to come.  (Sidenote, I know I wear + promote A LOT of Anine Bing and I just want to mention that I simply + genuinely just LOVE the brand.  It resonates with my personal style so much, but I have never gotten paid for promotion or received free product.  #notsponsored, #justobsessed is my favorite hashtag combo.)

Anyway, I hope you all had a great week!  After LA, Palm Springs, Charleston, and NYC all in the last month - I'm home for 72 hours and then have one more big trip coming up!  J and I leave on Sunday (TG he finally gets to come with me!!) to head to a place we've never been and are so excited about.  Stay tuned for more really soon!! (And yes, that may mean I'm a little MIA next week on here too, but I promise I'll do my very best to keep up!)  X.

I hope you all have a beautiful weekend - cheers, babes!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

5 BOUJIE ITEMS FOR YOUR HOME THAT ARE ACTUALLY WORTH THE MONEY

Let's be serious, we all get caught up in wanting the little luxuries in life that fill our Pinterest pages and Instagram feeds.  Or wait, is that just me?  Bueller...Bueller... 

Moving on - sometimes it's hard to know what's simply 'hype' and what's worth the splurge.  So today, I want to share five 'boujie' things with you that are totally worth every penny, in my opinion.  These are my can't live without things for the home that make my materialistic little heart so happy.  (Just kidding, sort of.)

NO. ONE // DYPTIQUE 'BAIES'

These candles are my absolute FAVORITE.  Any size, for any room, any day of the week, I absolutely love this scent.  Not only do these candles burn for quite some time, the fragrance fills your space almost immediately.  Within 10-15 minutes your entire house will smell amazing.  I've tried a few other scents by Diptyque and love a lot of them, but 'Baies' will always be my OG, numba one.  (Sidenote: I order this set to keep on hand for gifts!  When you're running out the door to a last minute birthday dinner, need a housewarming gift on the fly, or simply to give a girlfriend as a surcie, this set is perfect!)

NO. TWO // JO MALONE SOAP
 Candle | Spray | Hand Soap | Tray

If I had to choose just ONE of these things for the rest of my life, I'm not going to lie - I think it would be this soap.  Every single person who comes to my house and uses it, dies over it.  It smells so good and keeps your hands smelling amazing for hours afterwards.  The 'Blackberry + Bay' scent is by far my favorite.  I have the candle, the hand lotion, the bath oil, the bar soap - all of it in the BB scent and I'm obsessed.  And you know my germophobe self washes my hands at least 15+ times a day!  Again, worth every penny.

NO. THREE // VEUVE CLICQUOT
 Because my motto in life is to 'celebrate everything' - having Veuve Clicquot on hand at all times is just good for the soul.  It's also really fun when you have a few girlfriends over for happy hour and pop a bottle on a Tuesday, simply because you're an adult...and you can. (Insert all the high-five emojis!)  Whether I'm celebrating with J, over happy hour with the girls, or gifting a bottle to a sweet friend, having a bottle of your favorite champagne on hand at all times is never a bad idea.

NO. FOUR // FASHION BOOKS

When it comes to decorating, styling books with candles + flowers is probably the easiest, yet chicest trick of the trade.  I started my fashion book collection about 4 years ago and love each and every one.  They're in all rooms, all different designers, all different {neutral} colors, and all different shapes + sizes.  Books add such a cozy element to a room and investing in a collection that's specific to you is so fun.  Whether it be fashion, home decor, cooking, travel, or... chickens - coffee table books are worth the money upfront to enjoy for years to come.

NO. FIVE // CHIC SERVING PIECES

Ok, so this one may not be a boujie as the others, but it is super important to me to have chic pieces to entertain with.  Pieces that compliment each other, your space, your style, AND are practical can take a couple of years to cultivate.  When we entertain, I love pulling out all of my bowls, platters, serving utensils, glasses, cake stands, cheese boards, etc. and putting them to good use.  In my opinion, a pretty tablescape is all about two things: fresh flowers + what's surrounding them (aka, what you're serving on).  Also, when it comes to investing in pieces you'll love + use for years to come, always go neutral and plain.  Busy prints or colors are typically trendy and fade out just like that Hawaiian shirt your dad needs to throw away.  My advice - stick to the basics and purchase pieces in twos.  It creates symmetry for your tablescape and allows you to use your pieces no matter the season or theme.

What's your one "boujie" must-have that you can't live without at home?  I'd love to know!

Thanks so much for stopping by, X.
M E G

Monday, April 30, 2018

THE ONE MIDI SKIRT YOUR CLOSET NEEDS


Top: Privacy Please | Skirt: One Teaspoon | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Handbag: Cult Gaia | Necklaces: Vintage Chanel + Monica Vinader {chain here} | Sunglasses: Gucci {new + I'm obsessed} 

I hope you all had a good weekend!  For the most part, I stayed in jeans, sneakers, + a tee shirt, but then decided to put my Sunday best on for church yesterday.  (Aka, heels - which is a rare sighting for me these days!)  

Like a good pair of mom jeans, this midi skirt is everything!  (J called it my 'mom skirt' all day.)  I love the wrap detail and the fringed hem gives it a fun edge.  Definitely an understated statement piece for your closet that will pair so well with any basic top!

Thanks so much for stopping by, X.
M E G

Thursday, April 26, 2018

MASTER BATH SNEAK PEAK // BEFORE + AFTER #THELOVELYCOTTAGE



Bathtub: Kohler via Hughes Plumbing | Bath Faucet: Restoration Hardware (Antique Brass) | Side Table: Anthropologie | Rug: Vintage Persian Runner | Art: Etsy | Candles: Diptyque (small here) | Pots: Terracotta

At last!  I finally feel like we are moved in, decorated for the most part, and feeling settled enough to start sharing the cottage with you - room by room!  Our master bath is one of my favorite spaces in the entire house.  We're still working on a full reveal (and will be posting it soon, promise!), but after sharing a few sneak peeks of this space on instagram + getting a lot of questions, we thought we would share a few of the details.  Unfortunately we don't have a 'true' before because we added-on our master bedroom, bathroom, closet, and laundry room to our existing house.  However, if you follow along on @thelovelycottage, you've most likely seen bits of the process, like here + here.

As most of you know, I'm a bath girl through and through.  (I actually hate taking showers - I feel like I can never get warm and I freeze when I get out!)  So, the bathtub was something I was super excited to choose for our master bathroom.  I knew I wanted to keep this space light + airy, cozy, and totally MEG RUN.  (If you haven't caught on by now, that's what most of my friends call me, so it just kind of flows + comes out.)  I'm ALL about french farmhouse and wanted to keep the bones of the room consistent with that theme + the rest of the house, while adding in a touch of badass.  (Insert, Kate.)  Of course, without making it too feminine for J.  

To me, the decor in this space makes all the difference.  It's so fun to completely change a room, simply by adding a little life (greenery), art (kate), and texture (rug), all while keeping it minimal + practical.  

Again, we'll be sharing the full space soon, as well as our bedroom (our new bed finally arrived yesterday!), so stay tuned for more updates and be sure to follow along on @thelovelycottage for behind the scenes!

Thanks so much for stopping by, X.
MEG
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