Monday, January 22, 2018

MY GO-TO WHITE TEE

Tee: Anine Bing | Denim: Anine Bing | Cardigan: Free People | Belt: Gucci | Shoes: Gucci | Necklace: Monica Vinader | Sunglasses: Cèline {dupe here} | Lips: MAC 'Blankety'

Nine times out of ten, when I go into my closet to pull out an outfit, this is it.  A pair of ripped jeans, comfortable slide-ons, and a classic, white tee.  We had the most beautiful weather this weekend, so I took full advantage of the sunshine and threw on this look last night for church + dinner with our family.  So comfortable + chic!

I hope you all had a great weekend and thanks so much for stopping by!  x.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

WORKOUT MUST-HAVES FOR 2018



Since the New Year, I've been getting back into my groove of working out (in some capacity) six days a week.  Like anyone, new athletic clothes + workout gear get me motivated, so after purchasing this exact outfit a few days ago, I thought I would share my current workout must-haves with you!  

For starters, this line by Morgan Stewart is one of my favorites!  You don't have any of the weird lines like some activewear brands give you and the material is super comfortable.  I never mind paying a bit more for my workout clothes if those two things are checked off the list!  Next, I always love to have a pair of headphones and a few beauty favorites in my bag - I use renewal oil each morning when I wake up, which is typically right before I work out.  I also love this lip treatment for keeping your lips moisturized while breathing heavily + as always, my favorite deodorant.  Socks, comfortable sneakers, and a hat are always my go-to, especially for outdoor workouts.  And lastly, one of my personal resolutions was to add collagen into my daily routine, so I just ordered Vital Protein and I'm really excited to start incorporating it into my post-workout smoothie or bowl.  I'll definitely let you know how I like it!

Thanks so much for stopping by, x.

Monday, January 15, 2018

CLASSIC + FEMININE // PERFECT TRENCH



Trench: Burberry {perfect dupe here & comes in black + blush} | Top: Sézane | Denim: Paige {current favorites} | Boots: Stuart Weitzman {also love these} | Sunglasses: Céline | Handbag: Valentino | Belt: Gucci | Lips: NARS 'Under Arrest' {new for Spring + available soon!}

When it comes to classic, investment pieces for my closet, I always opt for neutral + feminine.  I've had this trench for a couple of years now and it never lets me down.  A good trench is perfect for layering, or even being the statement piece of your outfit.  Even if you're in black from head-to-toe, a neutral trench can totally make your outfit.  Also, I'm obsessed with these Paige jeans right now!  The flare at the bottom isn't too much and the fit is absolutely perfect.  So comfortable + chic!  

I hope you all had a great weekend!  My best friend came into town on Thursday and her little brother's wedding (aka, my little brother) was on Saturday night.  Between the rehearsal, brunch, decorating their wedding night suite, and the wedding, we had such a busy, but beautiful weekend surrounded by our family + friends.  I took a few days off from social media, put my phone away for the most part, and was present for each and every moment and it felt so great.  Totally necessary sometimes!  Oh and I can't forget - the chickens!!  My best friend brought them on Thursday from Charleston and they are so cute.  We're already so in love with them!  

Thanks so much for stopping by, x.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

HOW TO INCORPORATE VINTAGE PIECES INTO YOUR HOME

One of our favorite ways to spend a Saturday morning is getting lost in antique shops.  Many years ago, J's grandparents used to own an antique store so he grew up surrounded by antique furniture and vintage pieces his entire life.  Like most people, I grew up around them and could appreciate antiques, but never really knew the time period in which things were from or the significance behind them.  When J and I met and got married shortly after (at 20 and 21) we didn't have a lot of money, so most of our furniture at the time was hand-me-downs from family.  However, we were SO happy with what we had and it was then that I became obsessed with blending vintage pieces with our every day decor.  Actually, the bed + dresser in our guest bedroom (these photos are from our old house) is from an old barn we rummaged through one day and sanded + stained once we got it home.  It was made in the early 1920's and we're absolutely obsessed with it!  Aside from furniture, here are a few (fairly) inexpensive things you can be on the lookout for while antiquing that will instantly make your space feel cozy and inviting!

1. Vintage Dough Bowls  - This is one of my newest obsessions!  I found this bowl while antiquing last week and immediately grabbed it.  Mine is from the early 1800's which just makes my whole life.  The hands that have touched this bowl, the dough that has been made in it, and the stories it could tell seriously amaze me.  I'm using this one in my kitchen for fresh produce currently, but of course we will put it to good use if we're ever making homemade bread.  I also love the longer ones and want one of those next!  They're so perfect for bathroom storage to hold linens, at the foot of the bed resting on a bench, etc.  The possibilities are endless and the amount of character these vintage bowls add to your space is like nothing else.  Dough bowls typically cost around $50-$150, depending on their size and age.  Mine is a little on the larger size, so it was around $145, but worth every penny for this gem!

2. Vintage Bottles as Vases - this is one of my favorite (and cheapest) ways to add a few vintage pieces to a centerpiece.  Typically, vintage bottles range anywhere from $4-$20, with the exception of novelty collectors items.  (I think these two I picked up from an antique shop were $6 and $9.  The terra-cotta vase is from Anthro and on sale, here.)  Between vintage bottles, jars, and medicine bottles, you can have quite the collection for not a lot of investment.  These look great in pairs, especially on exposed shelves, window seals, front porches, or coffee tables.

3. Vintage Pillows - Without a doubt, I need to go to pillow rehab.  I have such a pillow obsession, it's not even funny.  When we moved our things into storage last year, we had EIGHT trash bags full of pillows.  Hello, my name is Megan and I have a problem.  But seriously, I love adding texture + patterns to a room simply by pulling out + fluffing a few pillows.  My favorite vintage pillows to find are ticking (these can even be new, but have an old, vintage vibe to them) and grain sack.  This number, grain sack pillow that I found on etsy a couple of years ago was an actual grain sack from the 1940's.  I have no idea what the sack was used for, but I love how old it is.  Depending on how old the pillow/grain sack cover is, the prices can vary, but this specific one was around $40.  I paired it with this cozy pillow I just picked up from Anthro (see, problem!) for the benches in our entry way and they're the perfect pair!

4. Vintage Milk Glass - For me, milk glass is hit or miss, but when it's good - it's GOOD.  A lot of the milk glass you see in antique shops or on etsy looks super cheesy and not even old, just tacky.  But, my favorite is the hobnail!  My in-laws just got me this set for Christmas (it also has a matching pitcher) and we love it.  Some milk glass is very expensive and I'm not totally sure why, but your typical set or serving piece is going to be in the $20-$40 range.  The small glasses are perfect for morning juice or milk and add so much character to a tablescape.  We also have a few milk glass bowls + plates that are so pretty to incorporate with your china when hosting!

5. Vintage Cutting Boards - Can't get enough.  That's all I have to say about these.  Really though, I could rummage through crates of these old cutting boards for days!  Just like the dough bowls, they have so much character.  I love finding them on etsy from France, simply because I imagine they're from an amazing french bakery where all my bread and butter dreams would come true.  (Yet another problem of mine.)  These boards can range anywhere from $50-$250, depending on their size and age.  Typically, I use these more for kitchen decor than functional use, but I do have a couple that we'll use every so often.  Usually, I think they're perfect the way they are and I like to leave them that way!


6. Vintage Baskets - Since our chickens are coming later this week (PAUSE, if you don't know this story - J has talked me into getting 4 chickens for our backyard.  I've been talking about it on instastories, but we have a decent size space in-between our privacy fence and where our backyard ends, so we have a coop and everything set up back there.  As much as I hesitated to finally say yes, I'm actually VERY excited about them and can't wait for them to arrive on Thursday!) I'll be using vintage egg baskets like this quite often.  We should have anywhere from 2-4 eggs a day while our hens are laying and I can't wait to collect them from day to day in this cute, little basket!  I even have an egg stamp on order that says 'the lovely cottage' - LOSER, I know.  We also have a vintage oyster basket that I absolutely love.  (I totally forgot to snap a photo of it, but I'll get one for you soon!)  I ordered it off of Etsy a year or so ago and it holds extra pillows in our bedroom (back to the pillow problem).  The egg baskets range anywhere from $10-$25 (I think mine was $12?) and the oyster baskets are a bit more.  I paid a pretty penny, again, because I wanted it to be from France (french oysters just sound more amazing), and I believe it was around $140.  The best part is, no two are the same and they're pieces you'll have + love for years to come!

If you aren't into rummaging through an old antique store, I've scouted out the best, vintage pieces from each category for you below!  Etsy is such a great place to find rare pieces - I literally check the site every week to see if there are any new {old} things I can't live without.  (By the way, this post is in no way sponsored, just a genuiene love of mine that I've never shared much about!)
I promise, adding a couple or all of these vintage pieces to your home will add so much warmth + character to your space!  If you love home decor posts like this one, let me know in the comments below or by DM'ing/emailing me.  I have so many vintage things around @thelovelycottage that we love and I could make this into multiple posts or a series!

Thanks so much for stopping by, x.

Monday, January 8, 2018

BASIC LOUNGEWEAR YOUR CLOSET WILL THANK YOU FOR


When it comes to dressing casual, yet still looking chic, I am ALL about it.  Whether we're cooking in or going to a friends house for dinner, running errands, or whatever it may be - this type of look is always what I go to grab out of my closet.  Sometimes we get caught up in purchasing the 'eye-catching' pieces, but they're not always realistic or versatile.  For me, I would much rather spend that money on basic pieces that I'm going to constantly gravitate towards on a daily basis.  Sometimes loungewear (sweatpants specifically) gets a bad rap, but if you invest in the right pieces + know how to style them, they're just as chic as anything else in your closet!  Here are FIVE of my favorite, must-have casual looks!

Fitted White Tee {SUCH a staple - I actually have 3 of these because the price is amazing and I wear them constantly!}


 Cardigan | Tank | Bralette | Leggings

 Cashmere Sweater {best cashmere for the price!} | Sweatpants {I have these in 4 colors and wear them weekly - they're the BEST} | Sneakers

I hope you all have a great week!  I was hoping to get a ton of content shot for the blog over the weekend, but unfortunately J has been in the bed, sick with the flu, since Friday afternoon.  I've been nursing him back to health to the best of my ability, while keeping my distance in hopes I don't get it!  I've spent a lot of time in front of the fire, watching 'It's Complicated' 5+ times (obsessed), and cuddling with our sweet pups.  However, I'll still have a lot of great posts to share this week (including home decor) so stay tuned!

Thanks so much for stopping by, x.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

LOVELY-LATELY // @MEGANRUNIONMCR



{ jacket | denim | tee | handbag | sneakers | hat }


{ top | jacket | pants | handbag {dupe} | boots }

{ oil {favorite product of 2017} }


 { jacket | leggings | boots | handbag {dupe} | necklace | hat }

TGIT, babes!  It's been a while since I've rounded up my latest instagram posts, so I wanted to share all of the details/links with you!  Also, if you're interested in seeing more home decor, rather than outfits, be sure to follow along on our new home account, @thelovelycottage!

Thanks so much for stopping by, x.
-Meg
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