Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Perfect Nude Lip

As most of you know, I like to keep things pretty neutral - from my outfit and accessories to my make up and lip color.  My favorite thing about a nude lip is that it goes with any outfit, any season and any time of day.  There's nothing more classic than that!  Also, I love how a nude lip looks with bronzy, sun kissed skin for Summertime, so I thought I would round up a few of my favorites for you today!  (This lipstick in 'Lush Coconut' is my absolute favorite for wearing with either a no makeup look or at the beach/pool.  It's super sheer, but gives you such a pretty, hydrated plump!)

For starters, my hands down FAVORITE lip liner is MAC 'Stripdown'.  It pairs perfectly with all of the nude lipsticks and glosses listed below.

1. | Anastasia Beverly Hills Gloss in 'Undressed' {super pigmented, not shinny, + perfect for layering}

2. | Chanel Hydrating Lipstick in 'Adrienne' {has a pinky hue and a shimmery sheen + super hydrating}

3. | NARS Lipstick in 'Barbara' {matte, a bit of a darker nude, + stays on really well}

4. | YSL 'Rouge Pur Couture' Lipstick in 'Beige Tribute' {my favorite nude, super hydrating, + perfect with the liner I mentioned above}

5. | MAC Lipstick in 'Blankety' {a lighter nude, very pigmented, + great price point}

6. | Chanel Lip Gloss in 'Beige Star' {perfect for layering, has a blush undertone, adds shine to any lipstick}

I'm typically more of a skincare nut than a beauty guru, however, I can spot a good nude lipstick from  across the room.  Any and every time I shop for a new shade, I always end up choosing a neutral out of the bunch.  You literally can't go wrong with any of these for Summer!  Feel free to comment on my instagram if you have any questions about my nude picks - I'm happy to answer them!

Thanks so much for stopping by, xx.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

TLE | NO. 17

I'm packing up for a weekend getaway for the 4th and loving SO many of these neutral pieces!  From the cutest daytime look and accessories, to a chic beach look - complete with after sun skincare products, this round up is absolute perfection!

Thanks so much for stopping by, xx.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Lovely Lately | @meganrunionmcr

Top | Pants | Chanel Flats {similar} | Watch | Bracelets {one + two} | Chanel Handbag {similar}
Swimsuit Top | Swimsuit Bottoms | Shorts | Hermès Sandals {similar} | Goyard Wallet | Hat
Tee {also have this one} | Sweatpants {also have these}
Top | Shorts | Hermès Sandals {similar} | Louis Vuitton Handbag | Watch | Sunglasses
Handbag | Bracelets {one + two} | Prada Mug | Hermès Tray | Vintage Chanel Bracelet
Swimsuit Top | Swimsuit Bottoms | Hat | Hermès Bracelet | Sunglasses

 Happy Monday, babes - 

I hope you all had a great weekend!  If you follow me on snap, you probably saw that J and I spent the weekend working on projects at home.  We (and by we, I mean he) painted our bedroom a creamy white and it looks so fresh + beautiful!  We have some furniture coming later this week and I've been picking out decor little by little.  Our new bed won't be in for another 8-9 weeks, so I'm hoping that by the time that comes in, I'll have it all complete!  What did you guys do this weekend?!

Be sure to follow along on instagram, @meganrunionmcr!

Thanks so much for stopping by, xx.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Little Green Jumpsuit

Jumpsuit: Monkees of the Westend {Get 10% of + FREE SHIPPING with code 'LOVELY' - I'm wearing an xs}

Clutch: Jimmy Choo {also have + love THIS} | Shoes: Valentino | Sunglasses: Cèline

Watch: MK | Bracelets: Vintage Chanel + MK c/o | Earrings: Vintage Chanel {c/o Monkees of the Westend}

Lips: MAC 'Stripdown' + NARS 'Barbara'

I hope you all had a great week!  After coming back from vacation last week, I had a lot to catch up on and accomplish, so I'm glad I got a lot of that done!  I wore this look to dinner last night at our favorite spot in Greenville {Halls Chophouse} and it was perfect for the occasion!  I love how the back splits, too, it's so chic + comfortable at the same time!  If you follow me on snap, you got a closer look at it last night (I mean we also ran into Harry Connick Jr. last night while I was wearing this so I'm never getting rid of it!! #luckyjumpsuit :) and because so many of you loved it, Monkees and I came up with a promo code for you!  Use code 'LOVELY' to take 10% off the jumpsuit AND they'll ship it to you for FREE!  (You can comment on their instagram, or call them directly!)  Doesn't get much better than that for a Friday steal!

I hope you all have a great weekend!  We'll be busy painting our bedroom and trying to knock out some house stuff before going out of town again next week!  July is going to be full of SO many great things & I can't wait!!  Cheers to weekend brunches, summer rosè, and beautiful weather!

Thanks so much for stopping by, xx.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Perfect Grey Tee for $38!

Top: Nordstrom {I also bought it in blush pink} | Jeans: Current/Elliott {also love THESE

Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Handbag: Goyard {similar HERE + just purchased THIS} | Sunglasses: Cèline 

Watch: MK | Bracelets:  David Yurman {onetwothreefour} | Rings: David Yurman {onetwo}

Lips: MAC 'Stripdown' + NARS 'Barbara'

There's nothing better than a casual, yet chic look to throw on for happy hour!  I wore this look last night to one of our favorite mexican restaurants for margaritas and tacos.  I LOVE this knotted tee so much that I bought it in two colors!  I mean, at $38, it's such a great price and perfect for Summer.  Also, I love pairing my Goyard tote with grey.  It looks good with so many colors, but grey is definitely my favorite!  I added a d'orsay pump to dress the look up a bit and add a little height to my cuffed denim.  Overall, an easy + super cute outfit that can easily go from day to night!

Thanks so much for stopping by, xx. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Neutral in Camo

Jacket: Topshop {obsessed} | Crop Top: Forever 21 {less than $7!} | Skirt: Zara {similar HEREHEREHEREHERE

Shoes: Schutz {if you're local, you can grab these from Monkees of the Westend!} | Handbag: Louis Vuitton 'Pochette' {similar HERE}

Earrings: Chanel | Watch: MK | Bracelets: MK + Vintage Chanel | Sunglasses: RayBan

Lips: MAC 'Stripdown' + YSL 'Beige Tribute' 

Although this is not my typical go-to outfit (I usually keep things a little more casual than a mini skirt and crop top), I looove this look!  I'm not sure if it's the southern girl in me or my need for a touch of badass, but I've always been a fan of camouflage.  I love the look of an oversized jacket with a skirt or dress underneath.  It's instantly makes your skirt or dress not look as short and adds a super chic element to the overall outfit.  Also, can we talk about these shoes?!  I picked mine up from Monkees of the Westend here in Greenville, so if you're local, be sure to stop by and grab a pair for Summer!

I hope you're all having a great week so far!  I'm still playing catch up & getting my life organized again after vacation!  Plus, we're currently redecorating our bedroom AND revamping our back yard, so in the words of Carrie Bradshaw  - I've been cheating on fashion with furniture!  I'm so excited about how it's all coming together though and I can't wait to share it with you!!

Thanks so much for stopping by, xx.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

TLE | NO. 16

Just a few things I'm currently craving for Summer getaways!  

Thanks so much for stopping by, xx.

Monday, June 20, 2016

How To: Care for Designer Items

Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE the packaging of an item just as much as I love the ACTUAL item.  I'm also super OCD about taking care of the pieces I choose to invest in for my closet.  Everything from the box to the dust bag to the paper stuffing - I keep it all.  Not only do I want to keep my items like new, but because they are such classic, staple pieces, I also want to make sure they'll last for years to come.  After a few questions on snapchat and instagram about how I keep my accessories in pristine condition, I thought I would share a few tips + tricks with you that I've learned along the way!
1. First things first, always, ALWAYS save your receipts and tags.  I like to keep all of my paperwork in one place, so that it's easily accessible should I ever need to locate it.  Find an empty shoe or handbag box that's easy to store and every time you make a purchase, put the receipt in your box.  I also like to save certain tags that may have a barcode or price detail on them just in case anything ever happens to the item or you decide to sell it one day.  Original packaging and tags is everything when it comes to investment pieces!
2. Stuff your shoes.  Whether you purchase online or in the store, your shoes almost always come stuffed with tissue paper.  Most people throw the paper away, but if you leave it in the shoe (or handbag), it actually helps them keep their shape.  Also, for pointy toe shoes, keeping the paper in the toe box helps to keep it stretched out when you're not wearing them so that they're not super stiff when you put them back on.  (Side note: I also keep the paper in my shoes while traveling, too.  And ALWAYS use separate dust bags - more on that below!)
3. Always, always, always wipe your shoes out after you wear them.  Even if it's late, even if you've had one too many drinks - wipe. them. out.  When I bought my very first pair of Valentino pumps, I noticed that every time I took them off, they had little, black spots inside them from dirt and dust while walking.  Baby wipes are key when it comes to keeping your shoes clean and in great condition.  I use Pampers Baby Wipes for Sensitive Skin (make sure they are ALCOHOL FREE) and you can pick them up at any local drug or grocery store.  My Louboutins above are almost three years old and I wear them all the time, but you would never know it!
4. Keep your bags stuffed, with the straps on the inside.  When I'm not using a handbag or travel bag, I always like to keep them stuffed to help keep their shape.  I keep my Louis Vuitton Duffle stuffed with down, feather pillows (since it would take A LOT of paper) and sit it on top of it's dust bag in my closet.  It's something that I like to keep out, rather than tucked away, simply because it's one of my absolute favorite things I own.  It was always one of those 'dream purchases', so seeing it every day is a perfect reminder to constantly pursue what you're passionate about.  I love the quote "If you can't stop thinking about it, don't stop working for it."  Similar to shoes, I also keep my handbags with the original tissue paper in them (and obviously remove it when I use the bag) and if detachable, roll the strap to fit inside the bag.  Sometimes straps can get kinks in them, or get caught in drawers while opening and closing, so the easiest thing to do is place the strap inside for safe keeping.
5. Showcase your items, but in safe places.  Most of the time, I like to keep my accessories stuffed, in their dust bags and tucked away in a drawer for safe keeping.  However, as I move things around in my closet, sometimes I like to showcase newer items on tables and shelves.  Leaving them out means they are susceptible to dust, pet hair, spills, sun damage/fading, etc.  Make sure your items are kept in a neat, clean, and dry place where they won't be easily harmed.  (Side note: Also part of keeping your handbags safe - never sit your bag on the floor when you're out!  Use the back of your chair, an empty seat beside you or place it on the seat behind your back, but never on the ground! #anxiety #nobutreally #toldyouIwasOCD) 
6. Dust bags, dust bags, dust bags.  When traveling, dust bags for shoes and handbags are a necessity for organization and protection, but they're great for using as storage at home, too.  My shoes live on floating, white shelves in my closet, but my handbags are typically tucked away in a dresser drawer.  Whether your handbags are leather, calf hair, or suede, it really helps to keep them in perfect condition.  Also while traveling, I ALWAYS put my shoes in separate shoe bags.  Never let them rub up against one another in the same bag, especially while your suitcase is being thrown around in an airport.  If you purchase designer shoes directly from the store, they will almost always give you a second bag if you request one.  If you order online like I usually do, you may have to use a shoe bag from another pair until you build your collection and have multiples of the same designer.  (Side note: When traveling, always unpack your shoes and handbags as soon as you arrive to your destination!  Never let them stay stuffed in a suitcase or tote bag if you can help it!)

White Side Table (in my closet)
Louis Vuitton 'Pochette' Handbag
Louis Vuitton '55' Keepall Duffle Bag
Louis Vuitton Cosmetic Bag (Large)
Vintage Hèrmes Scarf
Mannequin (aka, Mannie)
White Jeans
David Yurman Ring (in Champagne Citrine)

Feel free to leave any questions below or on instagram!  Also, let me know if you want to see any other posts similar to this one or if you have suggestions on more how-to's!

Thanks so much for stopping by, xx.
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