Tuesday, October 16, 2018

METALLIC PUMPS TO DRESS UP YOUR BASICS




Sweater: BB Dakota | Denim: Re/Done | Shoes: Kenneth Cole | Handbag: Chanel | Sunglasses: Gucci | Necklace: Vintage Chanel

When it comes to what I throw on on a daily basis, it's usually pretty basic, as I constantly gravitate towards my closet staples.  An oversized sweater + classic denim isn't exactly groundbreaking, but sometimes simply switching up your shoes can totally change your look.  I'm such a fan of metallics and fell in love with these leather stiletto's the moment I laid my eyes on them.  I wore this look with sneakers earlier in the day for running around town and promptly changed into these chic pumps before meeting J for happy hour.  It really is amazing what switching up your footwear can do for your basics!

Here are a few other styles I'm loving for Fall:

Thank you to Kenneth Cole for partnering on this post!

Monday, October 15, 2018

THE PERFECT BOOTS FOR FALL

Turtleneck: Lovers + Friends | Skirt: Free People {also love THIS}  | Boots: Stuart Weitzman {also have these + these  | Handbag: Louis Vuitton

When it comes to Fall fashion - Stuart Weitzman is always my go to.  From booties and mid-calf boots to OTK booties and sock booties - Stuart Weitzman has me covered for my Fall rotation.  The minute I laid my eyes on these boots, I knew they were perfect for any neutral outfit (aka, all I wear). The black suede is such a closet staple and I love the option of either a slouchy or a sleek fit.  Regardless, they're perfect for Fall and a pair I will gravitate towards again and again!

I hope you all had a great weekend!  We finally finished the chicken coop on Saturday and got our chicks in safe and sound.  I can't wait to share the first look of the completed project with you all on @thelovelycottage!

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

Thanks to Stuart Weitzman for partnering on this post!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

VEUVE CLICQUOT POLO MATCH 2018


My favorite event of the entire year - the Veuve Clicquot Polo Match in Los Angeles, California!  I always say I live my best life with a glass of Veuve in hand - but top that with this environment, ENDLESS champagne, surrounded by friends, + perfect weather - it just doesn't get any better than that.  

Last year was our first year attending the event and we vowed then and there it would be our new tradition.  Sadly, J couldn't make the stars align to go with me this year (something about a job over champagne?  I'm not really sure.), but I was so bummed to go without him.  As most of you know, he's not only my person (husband, aka best friend, aka love of my life - you get it, I'll spare you the rest), but he's also my photographer and the reason For All Things Lovely continues to thrive most days.  However, he didn't want his work schedule to effect me not being able to attend and of course, pushed me to hop on that plane and fulfill our vow with him in spirit.  

That said, no one likes to drink alone, so I called one of my favorite 'YES girls' (sidenote: a friend who is always there and never turns down a good time) and my sweet friend Jenni couldn't say yes fast enough.  

Once we made it to the event, walking in was an absolute DREAM.  Veuve spares no expense when it comes to making the Polo Match magical and they thought of every single detail.  We snagged a table with our sweet friends Jenn + Bob.  (Throughout the day, I realized that Bob is literally J's twin and they don't even know it.  They are both possibly the kindest men on the planet.  Since J couldn't make it, Bob was nice enough to snap a few photos for me + allow me to use a few of his images for this post, so I can't thank him enough!)  For at least the next hour, we all walked around wide-eyed, taking it all in. 

Our Veuve Clicquot family was nice enough to upgrade us to the VIP section this year and it was everything I imagined it would be - and more.  Bottles of champagne + rosè every direction you looked, a long table with a beautiful spread of food, and endless lines of white, stunning furniture boarding the polo field.  Surprisingly, the vibe was so calm + relaxed and it was easy to feel right at home.  Of course, you know your girl here was a little starstruck by a few of the major celebs walking through the door and we had the perfect seat to watch it all from!  Without a doubt, my highlight of the day was dancing it out with Ellen Pompeo for an hour and a half.  About half way through the event, she started a dance party right beside the DJ booth and my girl Jenni and I were the first to join in!  In that moment, I thought to myself - YES, this is by far my. best. life.

My Outfit Details:
Dress: Ulla Johnson | Shoes: Schutz | Sunglasses: Gucci | Handbag: Chanel

Thank you so much to our friends at Veuve Clicquot for inviting us to this year's Polo Match!  Our partnership means so much to me and I'm beyond grateful to work with such an amazing brand that I genuinely love.  We're already looking forward to next year!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

CREATING THE PERFECT FALL CHARCUTERIE BOARD / @THELOVELYCOTTAGE


MY CHEESE BOARD NECESSITIES:

Black Truffle Cheese
Macadamia Nuts
Crackers
Pepper Jelly
Savory Cheese (I love Black Pepper)
Meat (Prosciutto and/or Salami)
Dried Fruit
Honey

When it comes to creating the perfect cheese board, choosing a seasonal theme is so fun.  Fig, pumpkin, truffle, and olive notes for Fall are a must and make the charcuterie board so festive!

Often times, J and I will make a small board full of our favorite things for an easy date-night-dinner in, or it's the perfect appetizer for hosting.  Whether it's girls night or we have a few friends coming over, it's so easy to throw together, yet looks like you put a lot of thought and time into it.  My favorite place for a one-stop shop is Trader Joe's or The Fresh Market.  (Usually Trader's is a bit cheaper!)  Start with a pretty board (ours was made by my father-in-law, of course, so it's so special to us) and a good cheese knife set, throw on your favorites, accent with a little thyme or rosemary and add a few mini pumpkins - voilĂ !  You have the perfect Fall charcuterie board! 

Linking a few favorites below - if you make your own cheese board, be sure to tag me and @thelovelycottage and we'll repost our favorites!

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

Monday, October 1, 2018

COPPER: THE NEW NEUTRAL



 Top: Alix | Denim: Mother | Sunglasses: Gucci | Handbag: Louis Vuitton | Necklace: Vintage Chanel | Shoes: Schutz | Rings: Anine Bing + Mejuri

Happy Monday, loves - 

I hope you all had a great weekend!  We shot some amazing, fall content for the blog (sharing later this week!) as well as continued to work on the new chicken coop!  It's so close to being done and I can't wait to show you!  

I wore this look a couple of weeks ago to brunch and absolutely love the warm, fall colors paired with stark white denim.  Yes, I said it - stark white!  I hate the whole 'no white after Labor Day rule' and promise to never abide by it!  White is a year 'round neutral in my opinion - silk tanks, chunky sweaters, cozy cardigans - it pairs so well with everything.  Also, this brand, Alix, is new to me, but I'm obsessed with it.  A bodysuit is so perfect for achieving the perfect 'tucked' look (until you have to go to the bathroom and that's a whole other subject) and the brand is full of closet basics + staple colors.  Definitely a new favorite for me!

Thanks so much for stopping by and happy OCTOBER first - rabbit, rabbit!
X,
M E G
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