Friday, July 29, 2016

Express Edition Collection



Blazer: Express c/o | Top: Express c/o | Jeans: Articles of Society | Handbag: Valentino | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Lips: MAC Liner 'Oak' + MAC Lipstick 'Blankety'

Happy Friday, lovelies - 

We officially made it to the weekend!  I'm so excited to share today's post with you because Express has just launched a new line called Express Edition!  The collection is full of romantic ruffles, closet staples, and feminine lace, which as you know, are all right up my alley.  I've always loved the look of a white blazer + denim because it's so easy to throw on, yet super chic and versatile.  I added a ruffle cami underneath for a super feminine look and threw on a handbag and shoes to match.  There are so many pieces in this collection that are perfect for Fall: this black vest with white ruffles underneath, this flowy blouse that would pair so easily with any jacket or sweater, and this lace romper that's so cute!  Be sure to check out the entire collection HERE and it's also in stores, as of July 7th!

I hope you all had a great week so far!  John and I are headed out of the country tomorrow to Haiti on a mission trip with some of our closest friends + family.  This will be my 4th time going and J's 5th time going and although it's one of the hardest things we do throughout the year, it's such an amazing trip for us.  For the past 6 years, John and I have supported an orphanage there called Alex's House, along with the church I grew up in.  Currently, there are about 33 children who live at the orphanage, with ages ranging from 1 year old to 16 years old.  They are all so, so  precious.  We stay in a 'guest house' across the street from the orphanage that has a few bunk beds, no air conditioning or power, outdoor showers, and zero wifi.  So needless to say, it's not our typical trip by any means.  However, it's so nice to focus on things that are more important for a few days and live without technology.  The only things you're worried about over there are 1- how to cool off because it's around 100-105 degrees every single day and 2- you realize the day is ending when the sun starts to set because no one is concerned with time.  Such a huge difference from the states, right?

Anyway, I've worked really hard the last couple of weeks to still have some content for you guys for next week while I'm away.  I will have a few posts scheduled to publish, just like normal, throughout the week, along with a few scheduled instagram posts.  If we're lucky, there's a place down the street from the guest house that often has wifi, so if I can go there and occasionally connect, I'll try to update you guys on our trip via instagram or snapchat.  Other than that, my social outlets will be pretty quiet for the most part!  Because our group wasn't able to go to Haiti last year, this will be the first time as a full time blogger that I'll be away from FATL with no way to access it.  Honestly, the thought of it is a little scary because it's what I do all day long, BUT it will also be a really nice, much-needed break to focus on the work we're doing there and allow me the time to love on the kids and minister to the community with J.  We are so exited for a new adventure and ask that you keep us in your thoughts and prayers throughout the next week as we are in Kaliko, Haiti.

Love you guys and thanks so much for always being so supportive and amazing!
Thanks so much for stopping by, xx.

Thank you to Express for partnering on this post!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Five Ways to Incorporate Fashion Into Your Home

Because fashion is and always has been such a big part of my life, I really wanted that to translate through my home decor.  As much as I love getting a chic handbag or designer pair of shoes in the mail, to me, there's nothing quite like receiving items for your home.  I really wanted our space to be cozy and inviting, but while also mimicing my neutral, classic style.  Throughout the last couple of years, I've picked up a few really special pieces, that do just that - incorporate classic, timeless fashion into our home.  They are, without a doubt, my favorite part of our decor!

1. Vintage Trays.  I found this vintage, Gucci ashtray about a year ago from an antique store in Brooklyn, New York and absolutely fell in love with it.  Just to think about the history of where this thing has been and the people that actually used it as an ashtray is so fascinating to me.  I knew I wanted something that would not only be pretty to look at, but also a conversation piece.  This tray definitely makes our coffee table and sits pretty on top of two of my favorite fashion books.

2. Hermès Blanket.  This is the one item that I have dreamed about owning forever.  I think I knew what an Avalon blanket was before I even knew what a Birkin was!  While redecorating our home over the past year and a half, there were so many other big items to purchase, that a blanket just didn't quite make the top of the list.  However, we only have two rooms left to complete - our bedroom and my walk in, so I thought it was the perfect time to splurge.  Once our bedroom is complete, that's where this beauty will live!  Not only do I love the luxury, designer brand behind the blanket, I also love what it actually is.  If you'll notice, John and I both have a major love for horses and have photos of them all throughout our home.  So, the equestrian feel of the horse blanket just fit right in with our 'french farmhouse' theme.  Again, incorporating our style and what we love with a little high end, designer flair.

 3. Diffusers + Candles.  Everyone has their go-to scents for their home, but when the packaging is this pretty, you can decorate with them!  My three favorites are: Diptyque 'Baies', Jo Malone 'Peony & Blush Suede' and my very favorite, Antica Farmacista 'Prosecco' Diffuser (you can never find these on sale, but they are currently part of the #Nsale!).  And of course, I change up my favorites throughout the seasons, especially during the Fall/Holidays, but those are definitely my three staples.  The Diptyque candle holders can be used for storage even after the candle is gone and the diffuser is just the best thing you've ever smelt.  Even J thinks so!

4. Books & Art.  Although there are bits of Fashion incorporated all throughout our home, I love that when you walk through the door, you see a table full of Fashion Books and before you leave, the last thing you see is this Prada 'Marfa' Print.  Both books and art are fairly easy to style, but make a room feel so cozy and inviting.  They're both things that are so specific to your personal style, so it really makes a house feel like a home.  My goal one day is to have a small room/library dedicated to all of my favorite Fashion Books, Art, and vintage pieces.

5. Trays.  There are so many different sizes, shapes, and colors of trays that you can style around your home, but my favorite is a small, trinket tray.  These photos are pretty plain because this is our bedroom, which is not quite complete yet, but I sort of love the simplicity of them.  I wanted a small dish, similar to my vintage Gucci tray, for the top of my dresser to serve as a catch-all, and finally found the perfect one.  This Hermès dish is actually part of a place setting, but is so perfect to hold some of your favorite pieces at the end of the day.  I'll have more photos to share of our bedroom reveal really soon, so stay tuned!
 { Mirror | Diffuser | Hermès Tray | Chanel Bracelet | Dior Earrings } 

Thanks so much for stopping by! xx.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Styling Your Walk In


Rug | Chanel Print | Marble Shelf | Chair | Ottoman | Rockstuds | Hermès Blanket

While thinking about what to do for my next 'How-To', I decided to share something I'm currently working on - redecorating my walk in closet.  (Aka, one of our spare bedrooms because...small house probs)  Anyway, I wanted the overall theme to mimic my personal style - blush tones, florals, and a couple of designer must-haves.  The space won't be complete for another couple of months, because we're also working on redecorating our bedroom, but here are a few pieces I'm currently loving.  I actually bought this chair for our bedroom and I absolutely love it, so I'm contemplating ordering another one for my closet.  (Sidenote: If I really love something and it's a great price, I always order 2, even if they're in different rooms for now, so that when we're in a bigger place one day, I'll have a pair.)  It looks super Restoration Hardware, but for a fraction of the cost!  And, we have to talk about this blush ottoman...could you DIE?!  I almost did when I first laid eyes on it and knew I had to have it.  It's a little on the pricer side, but oh. so. beautiful.  

I'll be sharing a full room reveal of both our rooms, our bedroom and my closet, once they're both complete, so be sure to stay tuned!

P.S. - The Nordstrom Sale has so many great home items right now, too, so be sure to check it out!

Thanks so much for stopping by, xx.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Casual + Neutral Weekend

Top: Inhabit {also comes in black, I'm wearing a size small} | Shorts: Levi {also here} | Shoes: Valentino {similar here} | Handbag: Goyard | Watch: MK | Bralette: Anine Bing | Lips: MAC Liner 'Oak' + MAC Lipstick 'Blankety'

Hi lovelies - 

I hope you all had a great weekend!  It was beautiful here in SC, but so, so hot!!  It was in the high 90's all weekend, so perfect for laying out by the pool - not so perfect for shooting blog looks. :/  Haha, but anyway a little sweat and a couple of ice cream cones later, we made it happen!  I wore this look yesterday while running a few errands in downtown and it was so comfortable.  I actually bought this light-weight sweater for The Hamptons last weekend, (since it gets pretty cool there at night) but of course, I majorly overpacked and never had a chance to wear it.  I love the fringe detail and the super cute cut outs!  It makes the sweater perfect for layering with a chic bralette underneath and not too hot for Summer/Fall!

What were you guys up to this weekend?!  We have a TON to fit into the next few days, since we're only here for a week, and then going out of the country on Saturday.  I'll be sharing more about our trip on my snapchat later this week, so be sure to follow along for more details! (@meganrunionmcr)

P.S. - The winner of the Louis Vuitton Cosmetic Bag is announced HERE!!  Thanks to everyone who entered and congrats to the winner!  Email me at megan.runion@gmail.com and we'll talk details!  I'll be hosting another giveaway soon, so stay tuned! xo.

Thanks so much for stopping by, xx.

Friday, July 22, 2016

NORDSTROM Anniversary Sale | Open to the PUBLIC!

It's finally here!!  The Nordstrom Anniversary SALE is officially open to the public and you do not want to miss out on these amazing deals!  Everything you need for your closet from now - Fall/Winter and SO many chic accessories!  I rounded up my favorite NEUTRAL PICKS for you HERE, as well as listed a few outfit ideas and my personal favorites below!  Be sure to shop NOW before these items sell out and the sale ends on August 7th! xx.
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Thanks so much for stopping by and have a lovely weekend! xx.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Date Night | Charleston, SC

Photos by: Carrie Elizabeth Photograghy

My Outfit | Dress: Self Portrait {also here} | Shoes: Valentino | Handbag: Chanel {similar here} | Sunglasses: Cèline | Ring: David Yurman | Lips: MAC 'Stripdown' + YSL 'Beige Tribute'

Hi there, lovelies - 

I hope you're all having a great week so far!  While we were in Charleston a couple of weeks ago, we decided to take a couple of shoots with my beloved photographer, Carrie Elizabeth.  J and I love to get dressed up for a fun date night out, especially while traveling, so we thought we'd snap a few photos beforehand.  I love documenting the little moments, whether it be in a new city or at home, so these photos are everything to me.  

The moment I laid my eyes on this dress, I think I actually gasped out loud.  I love, love, love it!  The lace, the pleat in the back, the feminine ruffle - all of it.  It's so true to my personal style, so I wanted to pair it with classic, timeless accessories to make the while look come together effortlessly.  And J is always so good about dressing himself and complimenting my outfits.  He's a dapper one, am I right?!  Love that man.

Thanks so much for stopping by! xx.
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