Tuesday, December 11, 2018

NOT YOUR ORDINARY HOLIDAY LOOK


Sweater: Halogen x Atlantic Pacific | Skirt: Free People | Shoes: Christian Louboutin {similar here + here} | Handbag: Chanel {dupe here} | Lips: MAC 'Stripdown' + MAC 'Blankety'

I hope you're all having a great week so far!  Between the holidays, traveling, the weather, and working - we've been a bit crazy over here!

I love a good, sparkly holiday look, but my favorite thing is when it's a bit out of the ordinary.  This all blush look is so perfect for any holiday party and can easily be dressed up or down.  Perfect for feeling comfortable all night long, but dressy enough to look chic + put together.  Not to mention, both pieces are so versatile and great price points, too!  If you're branching out from the classic black, off white, grey, or camel neutrals - go with blush - it's always a showstopper!

Thanks so much for stopping by, X.
MEG

Monday, December 3, 2018

NEUTRAL WINTER BASICS


 Sweater: Topshop | Denim: Re/Done | Handbag: Goyard {similar here} | Boots: Stuart Weitzman | Rings: Mejuri + Anine Bing | Lips: MAC 'Stripdown' + MAC 'Blankety'

I hope you all had a great weekend!  It rained here in South Carolina most of the weekend (and the week prior), so I'm so happy for a little sunshine this week!

I saw this camel turtleneck online last week and couldn't check out fast enough.  It's such a great color and closet staple - especially for the price.  It has a bit of a cropped fit (but not too short) which looks great with high-waisted denim and OTK boots.  This sweater will be on constant rotation over the next few months!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by - X.
MEG

Thursday, November 29, 2018

MY HAIR + HAIRCARE 101


By far one of my most asked questions - my hair + haircare process from start to finish.  Especially since my recent chop, although not much has changed in my day to day routine.  I'm by no means a beauty blogger, however - haircare + skincare are the two things I know.  So, that said let's start from the beginning!

For starters, I get my hair done at The Beautiful Co. salon here in Greenville.  It is by far, the best salon I've ever gone to.  Every single stylist there is amazing (they vet their stylists for months + have multiple interviews before hiring) and it's just one of those places that feeds your soul.  From the decor + drink menu they greet you with when you walk in the door to the amazing services + products they offer, it's just great.  The overall health of my hair has improved so much since going to The Beautiful Co. over the last year.

Now that I've gone back to my au naturale color (removed the highlights when I chopped), I simply get color on my roots to cover any gray strands (yes, I have gray already!) and we do a shine mask every other time.  Aside from that, we trim every 12 weeks to keep the dead ends at a minimum and we'll occasionally do a lowlight or two in the front to give me a little definition around my face.  When my hair was longer, I had extensions simply to make my hair a bit thicker, but once I chopped it, I didn't feel like I needed them anymore.  Sidenote: they also have the best tanning booth in town! I had never tanned in a booth before, prior to going to The Beautiful Co., but it only takes 3 minutes and it's $25.  Anything that is that quick, inexpensive, and gives me a little glow is worth every penny!

Next up, PRODUCTS + TOOLS I use, in order:

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OUAI Wave Spray (while hair is damp)
OUAI Rose Hair + Body Oil (pea size drop, only on ends while damp.  I also use on my body after bath during Winter months)
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IGK Hair Jet Lag Dry Shampoo (I use dry shampoo even on the day I wash, my hair needs the texture it gives me)
IGK Hair Dirty Spray (only on the first day, maybe second, after washing for texture)
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Teasing Brush (I tease 3-4 sections in the back prior to curling)
T3 Curling Iron (this size barrel gives you the perfect wave, rather than curl)
Wide Tooth Comb (most important part of curling - wait for curls to cool, then brush out)
Aveda Air Control Hairspray (lightweight, my favorite hairspray ever)

Also, I try to do a mask about once every couple of weeks.  I usually wash my hair at night, put it on when it's wet (mostly on the ends), comb through, and sleep in the mask.  Once I wake up, I rewash and style my hair as normal.  The honey-infused mask is amazing!  It's a little on the expensive side, but it only takes a couple of drops and lasts so long!

That's my start to finish, in order, process!  It's definitely nothing special, but I can tell you - I've tried so many different haircare lines and these brands + products are by far my favorites.  For me, the most important part of the styling process is to brush out your curls as soon as they curl with a wide tooth comb.  I can't use a regular brush because it pulls my curls out too much, but the comb gives them a tasseled look while keeping them in place.  It also helps me to tease before I curl, whereas most people do it after.  Again, pulling on my curls after the fact just leaves me with a frizzy mess.  Other than that, the dry shampoo, texturizing spray, and dirty spray are so necessary for texture!  Without those, my hair would be flat and lifeless.

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below and I'll be sure to answer!  

Thanks so much for stopping by, X.
MEG

Monday, November 26, 2018

THE HOLIDAY SALES YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT


CYBER MONDAY
(click on the website name in all caps or keywords for direct links)

ANTHROPOLOGIE - 30% off everything + free shipping, discount in cart
NORDSTROM - spend $250, get $50
J. CREW - 60% off sale items, 50% off everything else with code CYBER
ANINE BING - Take 70% off sale classics (my vintage leather jacket is marked down!)
LEVI'S - 40% off your purchase with code CYBER (my sherpa jacket everyone loves - I just ordered one for J, too!)
MADEWELL - 25% off your purchase with code SHOPALLDAY
SHOPBOP - an additional 30% off sale items with code WOW18
RE/DONE - up to 70% off (so many great Levi's on sale!)
SERENA & LILY - 25% off everything with code BIGDAY (my concrete pendant is on it's way + I love these napkins for a tablescape any time of year!
ONE KINGS LANE - 20% off sitewide with an extra 10% with code OKLCYBER18
POTTERY BARN - 25% off sitewide + free shipping with code CYBER
WILLIAMS SONOMA - buy more, save more with code SAVEMORE (my new Staub dutch oven is on sale + available in a lot of colors!)
STUART WEITZMAN - extra 20% off sale with code CYBER20 (just got these boots in the mail!)
NET-A-PORTER - extra 15% off sale with code CYBER15
JANESSA LEONE - 20% off your purchase with code QUALITYOVEREXCESS (too many favorites to name!)
MCGEEANDCO - 20% off sitewide with code THANKYOU
MONICA VINADER - 30% off sitewide (the necklace I wear daily is HERE + HERE with free engraving!)

I hope you all had a beautiful Thanksgiving and a relaxing long weekend!  As I mentioned on instagram yesterday, I got sick on Thanksgiving night with the flu and have been in bed ever since.  Literally cooped up in our guest bedroom (so J doesn't get sick), taking meds, and watching Friends. Endlessly.  I'm the type of person who can't be in the same place for too long without going stir crazy, so this is officially starting to get OLD.  Of course, it was amazing while I felt awful and needed a dark room to hibernate in, but now that I'm on the other side of it again - I need my people.  Hopefully I only have another day or two inside and I'll be back to normal - fingers crossed!  Anyway, prior to getting sick, our Thanksgiving was so nice.  We had lunch with my entire family and my sister did her gender reveal (it's another BOY!), then we had dinner in with J's parents in our pajamas and cozied up on the couch to watch one of our favorite movies.  What did you guys do?

Like every Cyber Monday, there are so many amazing sales happening right now!  While I've been MIA from the rest of the world, I got a lot of my shopping done yesterday since most of these codes are weekend-long promotions.  I listed a few of my favorites off to the side of the promotional deal - let me know if I'm missing any of your favorites or any must-have things you order today!

Thanks so much for stopping by, X.
MEG

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

SHOPBOP SALE FAVORITES




I hope you're all having a great week so far!  One of the best sales of the year started today - so many perfect neutral pieces, at great prices, to fill your closet for Fall + Winter!  Let me know your favorites and thanks so much for stopping by!  X.
MEG

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

THANKSGIVING TABLESCAPE AT THE LOVELY COTTAGE



Dining Room Rug: Knotted Turkish Rug c/o
Table: Restoration Hardware
Chairs: Modani Furniture 
Light Fixture: Caitlin Wilson Design c/o
Dinnerware: West Elm
Flatware: West Elm
Water Glasses: Amanda Lindroth
Crock: Farmhouse Pottery c/o
Carafe: Amanda Lindroth
Antler: Etsy
Wine Glasses: Restoration Hardware
Hurricane: Farmhouse Pottery c/o
Linen Napkins: Serena & Lily c/o
Table Runner: Pottery Barn
Wooden Cheese Board: Vintage
Salt + Pepper Shakers: Vintage
Concrete Bench: CB2

This time last year, we were slowly moving into our home and didn't quite feel settled yet, so this year I was so excited to create a Fall tablescape for Thanksgiving!  I enlisted the help of my sweet friend Kelly and we cut fresh camellia's from the front yard, picked up mini pecan pies to use as place settings, and styled the table in a way to where we could leave it set all month long.  My newest obsession, Farmhouse Pottery, brought in a few natural elements and warm neutrals that really made the space.  The crock in the center might just be my favorite piece!  Aside from that, I've always had an obsession with dishes, glasses, and entertaining pieces, so we pulled pieces from around our kitchen and it all came together perfectly.  We've gathered so many of our friends + family around our table for cozy dinners in and can't wait to host Thanksgiving here again at the cottage!  After next week, we'll be finishing our holiday decor and switching things up for the holidays, so stay tuned!

Thanks so much for stopping by, X.
MEG

Thursday, November 8, 2018

FALL FRONT PORCH AT @THELOVELYCOTTAGE



 Fall is always one of my favorite times of year to decorate our home!  Fall colors out the window, leaves all over the ground, pumpkins lining the front porch, and homemade apple pie in the oven make for one super cozy scene around the house.  My sweet friend Kelly and I had the best time driving all over town to find the perfect {neutral} pumpkins (and someone really should've been recording us trying to load + unload them - a few of these are massive!!) to fill our front porch.  J and I love drinking our coffee on the porch each morning and this cozy set up makes that so much sweeter.  

It's only November 8th, but Halloween is over and I already have the itch to start decorating for Christmas!!  What do you guys think - is it too soon?  We're hosting Thanksgiving (for the second year in a row at the cottage!) so part of me wants to leave this as is, but I'm also so ready for live greenery and pretty lights!  Maybe next week...stay tuned!

I hope you've all had a great week so far!  I'm so sorry I've been a bit MIA - traveling always kicks my butt a bit.  I mentioned on instagram a few weeks ago that I had 7 trips before Thanksgiving and in the last month alone I've crossed off Charleston, LA, Nashville, and New York.  Just one more trip left this weekend and we're home until Thanksgiving!  I love, love, love traveling, but there's something about being home around the holidays that's so special.  Anyway, life has been a bit crazy, but I'm excited to share a lot of fun, holiday content with you guys starting the next couple of weeks!

You guys are the best - thanks so much for reading!  XX.
M E G
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