Wednesday, June 21, 2017

ALL WHITE IN NEW ENGLAND // NEWPORT, RI


Dress: Lovers + Friends | Trench: Lovers + Friends | Shoes: RAYE | Handbag: Louis Vuitton | Sunglasses: Quay {only $65!} | Necklace: Charme Silkiner | Bralette: Anine Bing | Lips: MAC Liner 'Stripdown' + MAC Lipstick 'Blankety'

Is there anything better than an all white look and a tan?  The moment I saw this slip dress + trench combination, I knew I had to have it for our upcoming Rhode Island trip.  Since it was cool during the day and chilly once the sunset, this trench was the perfect layering piece.  I wore this look to dinner with J at The Chanler and it was absolutely amazing.  With the sunset in front of us, a table full of lobster, and cocktails in hand, it was the absolute perfect way to celebrate my birthday.  If you're ever in Newport, you HAVE to dine at The Spiced Pear!  

I hope you're all having a great week so far!  I'm excited to be in town for a few days, even though we're really busy while we're home.  We only have a few more weeks until our house is finished and we cannot even wait!!  

Thanks so much for stopping by, x.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

CURRENT OBSESSION // BEAUTY PRODUCTS


Louis Vuitton Cosmetic Case | Goop Luminous Melting Cleanser | Stila Liquid Lipstick 'Caramello' 

Hi there, babes - 

When it comes to beauty products, I'm loyal to a fault.  As much as I love to try a new product, when I find THE one I love, I stick with it.  In the past few months, I've added a few new make up + hair products into my daily routine that aren't going anywhere anytime soon.  So sit back, pour a glass of rosè, and read all details below!

1. Goop.  I've always been a fan of Gwyneth Paltrow, but this line is uh-mazing.  I don't typically require a cleanser, simply because I got used to removing my makeup with a wipe, but once I started using this, it was a game changer.  This cleanser removes dirt + makeup, all while reducing fine lines and wrinkles and leaving your skin glowing.  It also doesn't have a fragrance, which I really love.  I'm telling you, this cleanser is a bit of an investment, but totally worth every penny!

2. Nude Lipstick.  You all know how much I love a perfect nude lip - it's pretty much all I wear.  My favorite is Stripdown + Blankety because it's so classic, but lately, I've been adding 'Caramello' layered on top.  It stays in place all day long, extending the normal wear of my lipstick, and has vitamin E in it, so it doesn't dry out your lips.  This lipstick adds the perfect shine to any creamy lip!

3. #Blushing.  This Chanel Blush has been one of my favorites for almost a year and I can't seem to get over it.  (And don't want to.)  It adds the perfect amount of color to your cheek bones, while doubling as a sun-kissed bronzer.  'Golden Sun' couldn't be a more accurate name - it instantly gives you a pretty, golden glow!

4. Finishing Crème.  For the last several months, I've been embracing my natural wave and letting my hair air dry for the most part.  Before it dries completely, I use my T3 Hairdryer to scrunch the ends, giving my curl a little boost in the right direction.  Once it's dry, I apply a dime size amount of finishing crème to the ends to help keep the curls in tact and cut down the frizz.  I've fallen in love with everything from this line and this one is no exception!

5. Hair Oil.  Like the Finishing Crème and Wave Spray, the hair oil has completely transformed my hair.  Not only does it protect your color from fading and from heat, it smoothes frizz and seals split ends.  I apply a few drops to my damp hair before drying for a high-gloss, super-smooth finish!

6. Moisturize.  If there's one product I probably don't even have to mention, it's my OG La Mer Moisturizer.  It's the one product I literally can't live without (or leave out) - trust me, I've tried.  My skin is extremely dry year around, and there's nothing that works miracles quite like La Mer.  I've tried every moisturizer under the sun, but always, always come back to this one product.  Once you try it, not only will you NOT regret it, but you won't be able to use anything else - ever!

7. Contour.  I've used this kit on and off for a while now and realized that nothing compares to this one.  These six shades are perfect for highlighting, sculpting, and defining your features giving you the perfect, natural blend.  I use the Medium to Tan in the Summertime and absolutely love the flawless contour it gives me!

Trust me when I say that none of these products are sponsored in any way, just what I know and LOVE!

Thanks so much for stopping by, xx.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

NEWPORT, RI {ROUND UP}


TGIT, babes - 

I hope you're all having a great week so far!  Today, I'm excited to share a few of our favorite 'must-see' spots from our trip to Newport, RI.  The minute we arrived, we took an Uber straight to Goat Island, home of the new Gurney's Newport.  Until about 3 months ago, this hotel was an old, run down Hyatt.  Since Gurney's has taken over, they've completely transformed (and are still transforming) the space into the perfect mid-century, boutique resort right beside the water.  On Goat Island, you're surrounded by the Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay which feels really private and off the beaten path.  However, you're only minutes away from downtown Newport, giving you the best of both worlds.  The resort is still undergoing a bit of construction, but without a doubt, they're improving the rooms, restaurants, and spa each day until it's absolute Gurney's perfection!  The Pineapple Club (waterfront) restaurant and Scarpetta, our favorite Italian EVER, are already open on the property and definitely have to make your list.  Meanwhile, the 360-degree water views from anywhere at the resort are absolutely stunning and Goat Island is the perfect 'City in the Sea' location. 


Shortly after checking in, we drove up the coast to Castle Hill for 'lunch on the lawn'.  They have a beautiful outdoor area, perfect for dining by the water, and the food is amazing.  We immediately ordered a bottle of red wine and lobster rolls, because #bestlife.  It was a bit chilly by the water, so the restaurant actually brought out blankets for us!  This lunch, these views, and my favorite travel partner by my side made for one amazing first day in Newport.

{Outfit details HERE}

Later that evening, we had dinner reservations at The Spiced Pear, located inside The Chanler hotel.  It was by far, one of the best meals we've ever had!  Everything from their cocktails and appetizers to the main course and dessert, we never wanted to leave.  Get the 'French Pear Martini' and thank me later.


The sunsets in Newport were like no other.  We constantly kept checking the time to make sure we had a front row seat each night to watch the magic happen.  


Moving on to breakfast in bed - seriously, who does NOT want their breakfast wheeled in and set up perfectly in front of you each morning?  Gurney's room service was THE best.  Other than the delicious breakfast, they also delivered a bottle of my favorite, Veuve Clicquot to our room and a charcuterie board each day.  The staff and service at both Gurney's locations are top notch.  

{Outfit details HERE}

Whether you're in the heart of downtown Newport or decide to stay close to the resort on Goat Island, there are SO many things to do.  As most of you know, we live our best life by the water, so we decided to take a boat out and see the city from the sea.  The Antique Yacht Collection is a private charter that is worth every single penny.  Greg and Alana (boat owners) picked us up right outside of our room on the Gurney's dock and we headed out to explore!  With Veuve Clicquot in hand and the stunning views surrounding us, it was definitely one of our favorite things we did while in Newport.  If you have a chance to see Newport from a yacht - do it.

{Outfit details HERE}

Another fun thing we did was mansion hopped on Bellevue Avenue.  The Bellevue Avenue Historic District is located along and around Bellevue Avenue in NewportRhode Island.  Its property is almost exclusively residential, including many of the mansions built by affluent summer vacationers in the city around the turn of the 20th century, including the Vanderbilt family and Astor family.  This photo was taken outside of the Marble House, built and once owned by the Vanderbilt family.  The self-guided tour was so informational and the history that fills each room is beyond amazing. 

 {Outfit details HERE}

 Last, but definitely not least, I have to talk about the sunrise.  Two out of three mornings, we pulled ourselves out of bed and headed to the lighthouse (on the Gurney's property) and watched the sunrise over the bridge.  It was breathtaking.  Worth every minute of lost sleep and started our days off in the best possible way.  Gurney's Newport, you were one for the books and we can't wait to come back and visit again soon!

Thanks so much for stopping by, x.
-Meg

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

TLE // NO. 43 - UNDER $100



Thanks so much for stopping by, x.


Monday, June 12, 2017

RACERBACK + GLITTER SNEAKERS


Dress: FRAME {similar here for less than $100} | Sneakers: Golden Goose | Jacket: Blank NYC {so chic} | Handbag: Gucci | Sunglasses: Quay 

A super chic, yet easy weekend look in my new favorite sneaks!  I have quite the obsession when it comes to Golden Goose - I love and want them all.  Also, I love this racerback dress for throwing on and dressing up or down.  It's so comfortable, too!

I hope you all have a lovely week and thanks so much for stopping by, x.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Behind the Blog // #ADULTING


TGIF, babes - 

As most of you know, I often like to dive in a bit deeper than usual in my 'behind the blog' series, and today I wanted to write about something that's been on my heart + mind for a while.  As I was thinking about this subject the past couple of months and how to tie it in to the blog, do you know what I came up with?  Nothing.  It has absolutely nothing to do with fashion, travel, home decor, etc.  However, it has everything to do with being an adult.  A strong, genuine, just plain human - adult. 

So here's my thought: how do you deal with pain as an adult?  I mean actual knock the breath out of you, bring you to tears, shake you to your core, standing in the line of fire - pain.  If we're being honest, we all have something in our lives that defines the word 'pain' for us.  Whatever it may be, how do we handle it on a day to day basis?  When you're a child, it's perfectly okay to kick, scream, and throw your hands in the air.  More than okay, it's completely normal.  Yet as adults, we're expected to handle everything life throws at us with grace.  And understanding.  And forgiveness.  And even strength.  But, how?  

Most of you know some of my background and a lot of what's made me the person I am today.  I'm someone who feels things really hard.  I used to think that was a bad thing, but over the years, I've learned it's completely okay.  However, I've also learned that sometimes it means the road to moving past something is long.  And intense.  And causes more emotions than you ever thought possible.  So on days when life seems too much to bare, we have to focus on what sets our souls on fire again.  What wakes us up in the morning and what allows us to sleep at night.  

Throughout the last eight to ten years of growing up quickly, getting married at a young age, and experiencing some of the pain I'm referring to, I've learned that these three things make moving on possible.

01. // Relationships.  By far, the most important in my opinion.  Having people you can run to when life takes a turn is everything.  I've actually learned that the best people are the ones you don't have to run to - they run to you.  The people who pick you up off the floor and don't have to say a word.  They just know.  And let me tell you, when you find those people, don't let them go.   The older I get, the more I learn that genuine relationships make my world go 'round. 

02. // Good for your soul.  Sometimes this can take a little time to figure out, but knowing what's good for your soul and making time for that as often as possible, is so necessary.  We all get caught up in rushing to the next appointment, an unending inbox, and too many things we're responsible for, but we have to know when to call it a day.  For me, this is completely pausing my day and praying.  There's nothing that puts my heart more at ease than one-on-one time with the only One who can calm the storm in my life.  It's also music.  Driving down the open road, wind in my hair, and music as loud as it will go.  Other days it's simply staying home + dancing in the kitchen while cooking with J.  Whatever it is, and whatever makes you feel most alive - do that.  

03. // Scars.  Inevitably, life is going to throw some really hard stuff at us.  As adults, we may not get to kick and scream (in public at least), but we can deal with tough situations by allowing them to make us better.  I love the Miranda Lambert verse 'When I'm drowning, when I'm fighting, when I'm screaming, when I'm hiding, when I'm loosing, when I'm winning, I go back to the beginning...'  Sometimes, it takes getting through the pain and having scars to show from it to truly reflect and learn from it.  It's never easy, but there's so much freedom in knowing you were built for it.  The strongest people never have an easy past.

Without continuing to ramble, I felt that it was really important to start this conversation today.  I feel like if it's a constant thought in my head, it has to be somewhat relatable.  I'm not an amazing writer when it comes to this subject matter - my head is usually all over the place + there's so much I want to say that I can't get my thoughts in order.  However, sometimes I simply have to look past the clothes and the accessories and write from the heart.  You guys are the best, love you all.  X.

-Meg

Thursday, June 8, 2017

MANSION HOPPING ON BELLEVUE // NEWPORT, RI

Top: Free People {one of my favorite light-weight sweaters EVER} | Denim: MOTHER | Shoes: Soludos {obsessed} | Handbag: Louis Vuitton 'Neverfull GM' | Sunglasses: Cèline | Lips: MAC 'Blankety'

Let me just start by saying - this outfit is neutral PERFECTION.  Seriously, I can't get enough!  This sweater has been a favorite of mine for months (after I purchased it in like 3 different colors) and I was so happy when it came out in taupe.  It can also be worn off the shoulder, which I love, but it was too chilly in Newport to rock that look.  On another note, I can't stop wearing these jeans!  I'm obsessed with everything from the fit and distressing to the raw hem and perfect shade of white.  If I could only purchase ONE spring/summer staple piece for my closet, this would be it.  And last, but definitely not least, can we talk about these tassel mules?!  Dead.  Just dead.  

I wore this look while we were mansion hopping on Bellevue in Newport over the weekend and it was perfect.  Lightweight enough for the 65 degree weather, but comfortable and chic at the same time!

Thanks so much for stopping by, x.

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