Shine Bright Like A Diamond

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Recently I attended the launch event celebrating Tory Burch’s new watch line (which is fantastic BTW), and I found myself drawn to the most un-like me bedazzled piece of clothing ever.  It’s not that it wasn’t beautiful, it was, it was just so shiny and I don’t typically do shiny.  But after a glass or two of champagne, and the fact that the Tory Burch friends and family sale was happening (which always justifies unlikely purchases), I thought why not try it on?  And once I tried it on, I couldn’t seem to take it off.  I’ve had it dressed up with THIS skirt, and dressed down more times than I can count with the other piece of clothing on serious rotation, these black jeans.  In all it’s jeweled glory the Wendy Pullover is simply, shockingly versatile.  Ring a ding bling.  Truly, MKR

*Photography, Luke Schneider Photography  ||  Location, Soho House Chicago

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…AS PICTURED…Jacket, Three Floor (old, but I’m obsessed with THIS one)  ||  Top, Tory Burch Wendy Pullover  ||  Shirt, J.Crew (white version last seen HERE)  ||  Jeans, Paige Denim c/o  ||  Shoes, Alexander Wang (old, similar HERE)  ||  Sunnies, Warby Parker Rileys c/o  ||  Bag, Celine  ||  Gold Rings, Gorjana c/o  ||  Topaz Ring, Julie Vos (old, similar HERE)

A Signature Style

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Leaving corporate America behind for full time creative entrepreneurship has meant complete freedom when it comes to my daily wardrobe.  So this year it’s been a goal of mine to hone in and define my signature style.  Throwing out what I had to wear for years and what I may like, but isn’t necessarily “me” and staying true to what I feel most comfortable in.  For now that tends to be a more tomboy-esq look, a lot of navys and blacks, slightly ripped denim, long layers, plenty of hats, and a bright pink lip.  And I’m sure like most things in life my signature style will just keep evolving but I must say, there’s something very freeing in letting go of past pieces (no matter how much they cost) that don’t represent who I am, where I’m going, and what I thought I needed to be.  I’d love to know, do you consider yourself to have a signature style?  truly, MKR

*Photography, Kathryn McCrary

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…AS PICTURED…Top, Eileen Fisher c/o (runs large, order size down)  ||  Endless Boyfriend Shirt, J.Crew  ||  Jeans, Paige Denim via Bloomingdales c/o (I cannot stop wearing these!)  ||  Scarf, J.Crew  ||  Hat, Sole Society c/o  ||  Booties, Sole Society c/o  ||  Bag, Zac Zac Posen Eartha Flap Bag c/o  ||  Sunnies, Chanel  ||  Acorn Ring, Julie Vos  ||  Gold Rings, Gorjana & Griffin c/o  ||  Watch, Cartier  ||  White Bracelets, Gold & Gray c/o  ||  Fuel Band, Nike

 

New York State Of Mind

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Sweater, Ann Mashburn (similar HERE)  ||  Dress, Derek Lam via Shopbop sold out (similar skirts HERE on major sale & I love this vegan navy leather)  ||  Boots, Sole Society Chelsa Boots c/o  ||  Necklace, Sole Society c/o  ||  Pearl Bracelet, Sole Society c/o  ||  Watch, Daniel Wellington St. Andrews  ||  Ring, Saint Laurent Arty Ring (old, similar HERE)  ||  Earrings, BaubleBar Pearl 360  ||  Sunnies, Sole Society Jilly c/o  ||  Bag, Celine (less expensive version HERE)

*Photography, Bekka Palmer

P.S.  Big thanks to the J.W. Marriott Essex House New York for the most wonderful stay!

The Perfect LBD

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I adore a good LBD (little black dress).  I really, really adore a good LBD that can be worn both day or night, with or without tights (which makes it transcend seasons), and if it has pockets…that my Loves is the LBD holy grail.  truly, MKR

*Dress, Jill Stuart (short sleeve version HERE)  ||  Shoes, Sole Society c/o  ||  Earrings, J.Crew on MAJOR SALE  ||  Purse, MCM (sold out but similar HERE & HERE)  ||  Ring, Stella & Dot c/o  ||  Sunnies, Sole Society c/o  ||  Lips, Nars  ||  Nails, OPI Magala Wine

**Photography, Bekka Palmer

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The September Issue, Occasions Weddings

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With “The September Issue” of Occasions Magazine about to hit shelves everywhere I thought I’d give you a sneak peek into the cover and editorial I styled of what may be Occasion’s best issue yet.  Full of wedding inspiration from cakes to colors, advice for the bride to be, and an entire section completely devoted to working with your wedding day vendors it’s an issue not to be missed.  So check out the digital version here and order a copy of the big, beautiful print magazine right here.  Big thanks to the entire creative team from my editorial shoot and lastly, TGIF Loves!  truly, MKR

*Concept & Styling: Waiting On Martha    ||  Photography: Rustic White   ||  Florals, Lindsay Coletta Designs  ||  Hair & Makeup: Jennifer C. Nieman   ||  Rentals: Crush Event Rentals   ||  Location: Ambient Plus Studios   ||  Gown 1, Sarah Seven   ||  Gown 2, Kellys Closet  ||  Gown 3, The Sentimentalist  ||  Gold & Pearl Belt, The Sentimentalist  ||  Gold Floral Hairpiece, The Sentimentalist  ||  Bangles & Earrings, Bloomingdales  ||  Blazer, Helmut Lang   ||  Forest Wallpaper, Simple Shapes   ||  Candlesticks, Pottery Barn

Leaving On A Jet Plane

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If you’ve been following along on Instagram then you know I’m currently in the middle of a lot of cross county travel (ATL-SFO-JFK-ATL-ORD-ATL) and the most important thing for me when I travel is comfort.  And I’m not talking wear my pajamas to the airport kind of comfort.  For me it’s all about layers because I’m always cold, my go-to pants, flats that can take me from the airport straight to dinner, and a great carry on.  Other than that just give me wifi and a glass of wine and I’m ready to fly the friendly skies.  truly, MKR 

P.S.  I’ll be taking over Sole Society’s Instagram beginning tomorrow sharing all of my NYC adventures and taking a few Sole Society favorites with me so make sure you’re following along.

*Zip Sweatshirt, J.Crew on sale! (I purchased it in every color & got it monogramed of course…it’s a great fall layering piece)  ||  Gingham Shirt, J. Crew  ||  Pants, J. Crew (I’ve worn these for years, dressier than leggings and more comfortable than jeans)  ||  Shoes, Sole Society Harla c/o  ||  Duffle, Sole Society Lacie c/o (I also love the brown color and this indigo colored tote)  ||  Purse, Celine Fold Over Bag  ||  Sunnies, Sole Society Jilly c/o  ||  Initial Necklace, Moon & Lola c/o  ||  Necklace, Gorjana & Griffin Fancy Horn c/o  ||  Earrings, Sole Society c/o  ||  Double Stone Ring, Sole Society c/o  ||  Ring, Gorjana Griffin Mesa c/o  ||  Midi Ring, Gorjana Griffin Marina c/o  ||  Watch, Daniel Wellington  ||   Phone Case, Minnie & Emma c/o

**Photography, Chelsey Heidorn  

Fall Additions

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*Dress, Tory Burch Cora Dress (worth the splurge wear it with tights, boots, heels, with anything)  ||  Boots, Tory Burch, Simone over the knee boot (may be the best boot I’ve ever bought, thinking about getting them in black as well)  ||  Hat, Sole Society wool Panama hat c/o (get both colors, great hat great price)  ||  Bag, Sole Society Marlow c/o (looks so much more expensive than it is, love this bag and color!)  ||  Sunnies, Sole Society Cami c/o  ||  Watch, Daniel Wellington, classic St. Andrews watch  ||  Ring, Oscar de la Renta (sold out)  ||  Lipstick, YSL  ||  Nail Polish, OPI 

**Photography, Chelsey Heidorn

The Sweetest Thing

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I spoke briefly yesterday about my personal style.  Part girly, part tomboy.  And this outfit is the perfect example of that combo.  The sweetness of the kate spade top (literally as the top is covered in candies) combined with the hardness of black coated zipped jeans is just enough girly and just enough tomboy to make me completely happy.  truly, MKR

*Top, kate spade new york (old, but I love THIS or THIS one)  ||  Jeans, Madewell  ||  Shoes, kate spade new york (old, but I love THESE and THESE)  ||  Bag, Givenchy (old, similar HERE and I love THIS and THIS less expensive version)  ||  Phone Case, Minnie & Emma c/o  ||  Sunnies, Marc Jacobs  ||  Necklace, Moon & Lola c/o  ||  Earrings, Baublebar  ||  Nail Polish, OPI  ||  Lipstick, NARS 

P.S.  Fellow bloggers my amazing photographer Chelsey has created “blogger specific” packages so if you’re in the market make sure to check out her site!

**Photography, Chelsey Heirdorn  ||  Location, Cafe Intermezzo Dunwoody

On My Mind, September

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No. 1, Chunky Sweaters.  I picked up this one from Zara and have my eye on this gem and these fabulous sweater capes.  Throw them on with a boyfriend button down, leggings, and boots for the perfect everyday outfit.

No. 2, Back to School Essentials.  You’re never to old for “back to school” shopping and there’s nothing better then the smell of freshly sharpened pencils and a new planner just waiting to be filled up.

No. 3, France.  The Mr. and I are planning a big trip to France this spring to celebrate a my birthday and we may just renew our vows.  I mean how can I pass up some major photo opps on the streets of Paris or a field of lavender?

No. 4, Men’s Accessories.  I would classify my style as feminine-tomboy (if that even makes sense) and along with boyfriend jeans, button downs, and loafers I’m also mildly obsessed with men’s accessories.  From this Daniel Wellington watch to an extra large gold signet ring, borrowed from the boys has never looked so good.

No. 5, Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes.  No explanation needed.

No. 6, Wine Country.  While wine is always on my mind, its more so now than ever.  I’ll be headed back to Cali, specifically Sonoma, next week for an exciting partnership with La Crema which I’ll be sharing more about on Friday, but in the mean time lets just say I’ve never been so excited to spend my favorite time of year (fall) checking off a major item on my bucket list.  So that’s me, whats on your mind this September?  truly, MKR

*Sweater, Zara  ||  Pencils, Waiting On Martha  ||  Oui & Non Matchboxes, Waiting On Martha  ||  Sunnies, Rayban  ||  Watch, Daniel Wellington  ||  Quills, Pottery Barn  ||  “M” Necklace, Moon & Lola c/0  ||  “Wine Me Up” opener, Pottery Barn  

**All images original to Waiting On Martha

Buttoned Up Black & White

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There’s nothing quite like a great blazer.  A blazer, like the LBD (little black dress) should be something every women invests in.  It can be dressed up, dressed down, and will never go out of style.  Case in point this Thyeskens’ Theory tuxedo jacket (last seen HERE and in an ivory version HERE).  I’ve had it for years and it only gets better with time.  In fact the only thing that could make it better would be that vintage Chanel brooch I’ve been searching for.  truly, MKR  

*Blazer, Thyeskens’ Theory, old (similar HERE, HERE & HERE)  ||  Shirt & Shorts, Haute Hippie (shirt sold out shorts on major sale)  ||  Shoes, Proenza Schuler, sold out (similar HERE, HERE & HERE)  ||  Rings, Michael Kors (similar HEREHERE) & ASHA  ||  Necklace, BCBG old but I love THIS one ||  Lipstick, NARS  ||  Nail Polish, OPI Dutch Tulip

**Photography, Rustic White  ||  Hair & Makeup, Jennifer C. Nieman  ||  Location, The Optimist Atlanta