And Away We Go…

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By the time most of you get around to reading this I’ll be at 30,000 feet on our way to Mexico to celebrate two of our closest friends saying “I do.”  But before I officially check out for the weekend I thought I’d share a few of my go-to tips when traveling.  TGIF and hope your weekend is full of as many margaritas as mine will be.  Truly, MKR

No. One.  Pile on the light layers.  When traveling between cold and warm temperatures I always like to layer up, but as lightly as possible.  This jacket is the perfect example, it’s warm enough but light and foldable so when we arrive in sunny Mexico I can roll it up and throw it in my carry on.  Also I always have a scarf in my purse because I tend to run on the cold side and I won’t go near those airplane blankets.

No. Two.  Wear your heaviest shoes.  If you’re an over-packer like me you need to save as much room, and bag weight, as possible which means I always wear my heaviest and/or largest shoes.  In the winter you’ll usually see me at the airport in my over the knee boots, for warmer temps these espadrilles as most everything else packed is sandals and flats.

No. Three.  Hats on.  Until I take the plunge and purchase the LV hat box I’ve been lusting after I always wear my hat and carefully carry the others in my purse to protect them from losing their shape or being damaged.  

No. Four.  Keep all in plane essentials in reaching distance.  Nothing is worse than waiting for someone to dig out their laptop in the security line or find their magazines in the bottom of your bag while others wait in the aisle.  So I always carry my headphones and Kindle in my purse, laptop and magazines in the outside pocket of my carry on.

*Photography, Kathryn McCrary

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…AS PICTURED…Jacket, J.Crew (on major sale)  |  Jeans, Paige c/o  |  Tee, Piperlime  |  Shoes, Balenciaga (so light and comfortable, worth the splurge)  |  Panama Hat, J.Crew  |  Sunnies, Ray Ban  |  Bag, Celine (similar, less expensive version HERE)  |  Luggage, Nordstrom  |  Luggage Tag, Waiting On Martha  |  Tassel Necklaces, similar HERE  |  Cuff, Hermes (less expensive version HERE)  |  Ring, Julie Vos

 

Feathered

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On a recent antiques excursion I decided to pair my favorite (I wear-it-weekly) gingham shirt with an Anthropologie sale score feathered tank to add just a bit of fancy.  Of course the silk and feathered tank would look fabulous dressed up with a skirt and heels, but I think I may prefer it in this everyday unexpected way don’t you?  Truly, MKR  

*Photography, Kathryn McCrary

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…AS SHOWN…Jacket, All Saints  |  Gingham Shirt, J.Crew  |  Feathered Tank, Anthropologie (on sale now)  |  Jeans, Paige c/o  |  Bag, Givenchy (old, similar HERE)  |  Booties, Sigerson Morrison (on major sale & also in grey)  |  Sunnies, Warby Parker c/o  |  Cuff, Hermes (previously owned version HERE, less expensive version HERE)

The LBD

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Sometimes all you need is a great LBD.  No need to dress it up with loads of sparkle or fancy-schmancy shoes, just a a classic LBD and maybe, just maybe a smokey eye and dutch Heidi braid.  Happy Hump Day Loves.  Truly, MKR

P.S.  We’ll be showing you how to perfect the smokey eye and create this dutch braid next week so stay tuned.

As Pictured…Dress, Anthropologie  |  Shoes, Celine (similar HERE)  |  Nail Polish, Julep Maven  |  Clutch, Celine

*Photography, Kathryn McCrary  |  Hair & Makeup, Jennifer C. Nieman

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015

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Happy 2015 Loves…Sweater, Madewell  ||  Shirt, J.Crew  ||  Jeans, Gap c/o (old similar HERE)  ||  Boots, Hunter  ||  Thermos Bag, Waiting On Martha  ||  Hat, Target (old similar HERE)  ||  Sunnies, Warby Parker c/o  ||  Blanket, Madewell  ||  Dog Leash, Waiting On Martha  ||  Watch, Daniel Wellington

*Photography, Kathryn McCrary

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All That Wander Are Not Lost

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…AS PICTURED…Denim Shirt, J.Crew  ||  Jeans, Paige Denim c/o Bloomingdales  ||  Hat, Sole Society c/o  ||  Scarf, J.Crew (on MAJOR sale)  ||  Bag, Zac Zac Posen  ||  Shoes, Res Ipsa  ||  Necklace, Gunner & Lux  ||  Sunnies, Warby Parker c/o  ||  Ring, Julie Vos  ||  Watch, Daniel Wellington  ||  Phone Case, Minnie & Emma c/o

*Photography, Kathryn McCrary

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Fancy Pants

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 On Saturday we wear our fancy pants…obviously!  Truly, MKR 

*Photography, Kathryn McCrary

…AS PICTURED…Pants, J.Crew (I have them in red & black they run a tad big)  ||  Stone Shirt, Elizabeth McKay  (it’s skis!!)  ||  Faux Fur Vest, Michael Kors (old, similar HERE & HERE)  ||  Heels, Kate Spade NY (old, similar HERE & HERE)  ||  Necklace, Kendra Scott c/o  ||  Ring, Julie Vos  ||  Sunnies, Warby Parker c/o  ||  Scarf, Zara (sold out, similar HERE)  ||  Bag, Goyard

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All Black Everything + A Zac Zac Posen Giveaway

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When I was in New York this past September I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon at Zac Posen’s atelier.  Gowns were being hand sewn with the outmost attention to detail, Bergdorff Goodman was holding court at a massive table talking spring, bags were hung as far as the eye could see, Olivia Palermo was trying on looks in preparation for an event, and between the rows and rows of organza and silk there I was taking it all in.  It was nothing short of magical.  And while I didn’t walk out of their with a gown of my own that day I did walk out of their swooning over the line of new ZAC Zac Posen bags that were about to hit the stores.   

You know I love all of Zac’s bags (last seen HERE and HERE), but the Eartha Envelope has quickly become one of my absolute favorites (last seen HERE).  It comes in just about every color of the rainbow and best of all it’s an investment piece that isn’t the most insane of investments.  And to show you just how much we love it (and you of course) we’ve teamed up with our friends at ZAC Zac Posen to gift one lucky reader with an Eartha Envelope of their very own!  You’ll find all the details below and entering is as easy as every, really the only hard part will be deciding which color to choose if you win!  Good luck Loves!  Truly, MKR

 *Photography, Kathryn McCrary

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…AS PICTURED…Blazer, Thyskens Theory (old, similar HERE)  ||  Tank, Shopbop (old, similar HERE)  ||  Jeans, Paige Denim c/o  ||  Boots, Madewell  ||  Necklace, J.Crew (on MAJOR sale)  ||  Sunnies, Reds  ||  Purse, Zac Zac Posen c/0

 

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Sparkle & Shine

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In theory I love sequins, tulle, extra large bows, and all things girly.  In reality when I try to pull of sequins, tulle, or extra large bows I feel, well, not at all like myself.  So when I spied this black and gold sequin skirt from Milly I immediately knew two things; I had to have it and if I was going to do sequins I had to do them my way.  My way means down playing the sequin skirt with an everyday cashmere sweater and not over-doing it on the accessories.  So if you’ve been hesitating on pulling the sequin skirt trigger (there’s more options than ever to choose from) I say go for it and just make it your own!  Truly, MKR

Photography, Kathryn McCrary

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…AS PICTURED...Sweater, Calypso St. Barth c/o (40% off today!)  ||  Skirt, Milly via Piperlime (30% off with Cyber Monday Sale)  ||  Shoes, Tory Burch (old but the leopard version is still available and I love these which are on sale for Cyber Monday)  ||  Purse, Chanel  ||  Sunnies, Warby Parker c/o  ||  Avis Crescent Necklace, Moon & Lola c/o  ||  Acorn Ring, Julie Vos (On MAJOR sale!)

The Ampersand

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If you live in Atlanta then you know all about The Avalon (for those of you not in the A it’s a big shiny new work-live-outdoor shopping center).  And recently I had the opportunity to make the journey to check out Lou & Grey.  Have you heard of Lou & Grey yet?  Lou & Grey is part of the Ann Taylor family and was born to “add texture to a life more considered.”  Focusing on dressed up basics and pieces that make women feel beautiful without feeling fussy.  

Upon entering Lou & Grey I was immediately drawn to it’s open, airy and cool aesthetic.  Clothing was sorted by color, hanging from copper pipes with rows of vintage records lined underneath.  Handmade leather chairs flanked tables filled with books, candles, and dainty jewelry from independent artists while textiles and pillows lined the shelves.  As I perused the racks I was impressed with not only the craftsmanship of everything, but also the cost.  It’s hard to find reasonably priced, well made pieces that are both on trend yet classic so when I do I load up.  

After hours in the dressing room, and a quick episode with leather leggings, I finally settled on this monotone navy ensemble that is as comfortable as it is versatile with the ability to be dressed up with heels or dressed down with flats.  I also snagged quite a few everyday basics like the layering tank in every color available, these leggings, and two zip tunics.  And I can’t get this dress out of my head so I may make a quick trip back there this weekend, (I wasn’t kidding when I said I’m loading up).  So tell me, are you loving on Lou & Grey as much as me?   Truly,MKR

P.S.  If you don’t have a Lou & Grey near you and are ordering online I suggest ordering a size down as their pieces run a tad big.

Photography, Kathryn McCrary

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…AS PICTURED...Brushstroke Tunic c/o (on MAJOR sale)  ||  Twill Drawstring Pant c/o  ||  Hooded Jacket (available in store)  ||  Layering Tank c/o (I bought it in 4 colors, such an amazing basic!)  ||  Necklace (available in store)  ||  Scarf & Gloves (available in store)  ||  Wynn Heels, Sole Society c/o  ||  Sunnies, Warby Parker c/o  ||  Bag, Goyard

*This story was in collaboration with Lou & Grey a brand I love, adore, and wear all the time.  Opinions are 100% my own.

Fighting Form

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One of my goals as of late is to get my derri√®re back in the gym.  When I lived in Chicago I was so structured with my routine of weekly pilates, strength training, and cardio, but ever since I moved and started WOM working out has taken a major back seat and I’m really starting to feel it.  And not just in the way my clothes seem to be a tad tighter, but also my overall health.  But getting back in the groove is the hardest thing to do!  I’m not sure if it’s the time I can’t seem to make or that I haven’t found my Atlanta niche…I’ve tried pilates, hot yoga, the gym, and even crossfit!  But I’m more determined then ever to make it a priority again so my Loves I’m putting it out into the void; what works for you?  What makes you lose the extra weight, feel energized, and help regain your sanity?!  Please spill your secrets, I need to know!  Truly, MKR

P.S.  And while this may have been one of my more awkward stories to photograph (fake running anyone?) a few quick truths:  I actually do workout with my gigantic (yet fabulous) Frends headphones.  I find the little ear buds fall out too easily while running which does nothing but frustrate me.  And I also workout sans socks.  My Nike’s are just so light and comfortable I find no socks are needed.  And my bright pink lip?  Depends on the day.

Photography, Kathryn McCrary

…AS PICTURED…Pants, Lululemon  ||  Tank, Lou & Grey c/o  ||  Sweatshirt, J.Crew (on MAJOR sale)  ||  Shoes, Nike  ||  Hat, Gap  ||  Sunnies, Red’s Outfitters  ||  Headphones, Frends  ||  Nike Fuelband  ||  iPhone 6+ Case, Casetify c/o