classic.


I think I've talked about it before but don't you just love when you have pieces in your closet that you keep pulling out year after year and love just as much as the moment you bought them.  Most of the items I'm wearing today are just that.  As I've gotten older, I've learned that it's best to have more classic pieces.  Yes, it's fun to have a few of those trendy, fun pieces but classic, in my opinion is always best.  It's usually those classic pieces that stand the test of time the best.

On a different note, I'm so excited for Christmas!

It's our first Christmas as husband and wife and it's just going to be the best.  My husband came with a package deal, a five year little boy to be exact, so in one day I became a wife and step-mom.  With that, comes a different excitement for Christmas this year.  There's just something so magical about experiencing Christmas through the eyes of a child.  I just feel so incredibly blessed  to be able to spend it with my new little family.

                                          

Coat: Oak and Fort
Sweater: H&M (old)
Pants: Dynamite (old)
Boots: Winners
Bag: Coach
                                          


 
 


Linking up today with:
Walking in Memphis in High Heels / The Fashion Canvas / Style Lixir / The Pleated Poppy / 
Because Shanna Said So / Book of Leisure / Chic Street Style / Gracefullee Made

xo, Megan

gift guide - for her.

Another Friday, another gift guide.

This time, it's all about us girls - and really, I'd love anything and everything on this list (just in case the husband is listening)....

gift guide - for her.Plaid Scarf / Tiffany Co. Necklace / Daniel Wellington Watch / Hunter rain boots /
Stella & Dot " Blessed" BraceletKate Spade "The Short List" Notepad /
Diptyque candles Gift Set / Winter Vanilla Hand Cream / Express Handbag

Happy Friday :) 

xo, Megan

vest.


Just a quick outfit post from last weekend.  It's been cold here guys - Winter is definitely upon us!  And while it's pretty cold, I'd take the cold and dry/sunny weather over warm, rainy weather any day of the week.

On a completely different note, I love this vest.  I never thought I was a vest girl until I was out shopping with my mom one day.  We started trying on these vests at Old Navy and, by golly, it wasn't long before I was daydreaming ways upon ways I could style this little number.  It ended up coming home with me that night and I've already worn it a number of times since.

                                                           

Vest: Old Navy
Sweater: J. Crew Factory
Jeans: American Eagle 
Booties: Aldo (similar)
Scarf: H&M (old)
Bag: Mahina (Hawaiian store)
                                                              

 

 

 

Linking up today with 
Because Shanna Said So / Walking in Memphis in High Heels  / The Fashion Canvas / Chic Street Style / 
Book of Leisure / Gracefullee Made / Mix and Match Fashion / Perfectly Coutured / White Coat Wardrobe / 
Living in Color Style / Stylin in St. Louis / Work Clothes, I Suppose

xo, Megan

gift guide - holiday decor.

Christmas decor is the cutest!

Plus, any of this stuff would make cute hostess gifts during the holiday season.

gift guide.

Candle /Throw pillow / Blanket / Soap Sleeve / Candle Holder  /Spiked Tree Ornaments: 12, 3 /
Fa La La Tree Ornament / Mug / Letter Ornament /  / Joy LED Lights 

Check back every Friday leading up to Christmas as I'm doing gift guides all month long.

Happy Friday :)

xo, Megan

Maui favourites.


Maui.

It very much could be my favourite place on earth.

So, today, I thought I'd share with you some of my most favourite things to do, to see, to eat and to shop on the island.

To do.

Haleakala - You don't have to go at sunrise, although it's beautiful.  It still is beautiful to go up mid day and see the views along with crater - quite the sight to be seen.  Plus, the drive up has some pretty great views too.

La Perouse Bay - hike through lava rock.  This was another incredible sight to see - miles upon miles of lava rock right as you hike along the ocean.

Hike in Kapalua - This was a hike that we did from Fleming Beach.  This hike is along the ocean basically on cliffs so, you can imagine, the view is stunning.  Plus if you make it to the end, there is a little cove where you cliff jump.

Beaches - Kamaole I, II and II, Big Beach, Wailea Beach, Makena Landing, Kaanapali Beach, Kapalua Bay, Fleming Beach,

Wailea Beach walk - this is a great walk to do in the morning with a coffee.  Leave your flip flops by the Mana Kai Resort and walk along the beach and take in the views of the beautiful ocean on one side and luxurious houses and resorts on the other.

Snorkeling - pretty much from any beach you can see lots of fish including the state fish humuhumunukunukuapua'a and turtles.  In fact we saw turtles on three different occasions

To see.

Front Street in Lahaina in the evening - this place can be pretty rowdy so if you're up for something a bit more lively this is the place for you.

Wind surfers along the Hana Highway - incredible sight to see, waves and wind surfers alike.

The Road to Hana - beautiful views

Volcano Crater at Haleakala, along with the being views of Maui

Big Beach - in my opinion, the most beautiful beach in Maui.  Who knew water could be so turquoise!

To eat.

Duo at The Four Seasons - wedding reception dinner location.  We couldn't have picked a better restaurant to celebrate our marriage.  The food was excellent, the atmosphere was beautiful and everyone, especially our waiter, was so accommodating.

The Hula Grill in Kaanapali - enjoy a delicious dinner with your toes in the sand

Bubba Gumps in Lanaina - fun, lively atmosphere 

5 Palms - beautiful view

Moose McGillycuddy's - fun pub experience

Fred's - great food, fun atmosphere

Manoli's Pizza Company - great pizza, beautiful view

Duke's in Kaanapali - we were planning to go there our last night but never made it.  We've heard it's a very Hawaiian atmosphere and great food 

To shop.

Mahina - cutest boutique store with all the latest trends at affordable prices

Sand People - cute little shop for anything beach related.  It's a great souvenir shop without having to buy tacky souvenirs.

Malibu Shirts - Hawaiian authentic vintage apparel.  Very cool shop because each item carries a different piece of history and the staff are happy to tell you the history behind each item.  It's almost like going to a museum.

The Shops at Wailea - open air mall with a good mix of high end and affordable stores

Whalers Village - open air mall with a good mix of high end and affordable stores.  Lots of restaurants in walking distance as well so it's a great date night location.

Front Street in Lahaina - lots of shops to browse through. 

Outlets in Lahaina - outlets + cheap = enough said

Paia - cutest little shopping town

Linking up today with Style Lixir.


xo, Megan

this spot.


So we're back, guys.  Back from the most wonderful trip I've ever been on.  And I'm not going to lie, the last few days have been hard.  Hard being back to reality (not that reality is bad or anything), hard being back to the rainy, gray days of Fall, back to work, back to life.

And while I love life, and am super excited for this new little life and new husband of mine, I can't help but feel a bit of sadness for a trip that had to come to an end.  And I know all trips have to come to an end at some point but, honestly, it really was the best trip.

And, yes it was partly because we were in Maui, enjoying the beaches, Hawaiian sun, eating and drinking too much - but really the best part of the whole thing was the company.  Not only did we have the best time with both of our families but we had the best time with each other.  It really solidified how much of a perfect fit we are.


See that spot?  That perfectly sandy, spot on the beach?  Yeah, that spot is the place we committed to being together forever.  We went back the last night of our trip and it was almost as special as the day we said our "I do's".

It was the perfect way to end a perfect trip.


In the weeks coming, I'm going to be posting pics from our trip and the wedding.  Hope you're okay with that.  I'm partly doing it for me - I think it'll help ease into reality if I can write about our trip and wedding and browse our pictures anytime I feel a little blue about the grayness out my window.

So you can expect those posts coming soon.

Oh and just so everyone knows, I really am beyound thrilled to be married - we're still in that blissful stage of newlywed bliss - just giddy, really.  We both just wish we were continuing this newlywed blissful stage of our marriage in Hawaii - but you can't have everything I guess! ;)


Gosh I love this guy.  Seriously, I didn't think you could love so hard and then he came along and everything changed.

Linking up today with

xo, Megan

my dress.

So, by now, we all know that I was married before - blah, blah, blah.  Because of that, I didn't want to spend a lot of money on this wedding dress.  I mean I could have - I just didn't feel right doing that.  In saying that, however, it was still very important to me to still feel like a bride.  Another requirement - I wanted a long dress.  No question about that.

Plus - I was on a time crunch - I needed a dress by October and it was July.

Enough Said.

Which left me with very few options.

I went the "safe" route and made an appointment at David's Bridal - I had a list of dresses  I wanted to try and on.  But - O.M.G. - not one of those dresses would I have even considered to wear on my wedding day.  They looked cheap and goddy and so NOT me.

Anyway, I left the store that day feeling defeated and panicked because I had no idea where to go from there.  I knew that if I went to a regular bridal store I'd be paying way more than I wanted to spend but, really, with time not on my side I decided I better start looking at all those bridal stores.

Anyway, I was on the phone with one particular bridal store the night before I was to venture out to those oh-so-expensive stores when low and behold they suggested the most ingenious thing ever - "why don't you wear a bridesmaid's dress".

Say. What?

Genius.

It was at that moment that I shifted my thoughts from expensive bridal dress to inexpensive bridemaids dresses.

And by, golly, I found a beautiful dress...

Here's just a preview of what it looks like - stay tuned for more  pictures soon....


xo, Megan