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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

Pajamas, A Love Affair + A Plum Pretty Sugar Giveaway

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I love pajamas.  Love them.  In fact, on the rare Saturday where I have little or nothing to do you won’t see me out of my pajamas till well into the afternoon.  There’s just something so lovely about sleeping and waking (and lounging all day) in a beautiful pair of pajamas.  And you won’t find pajamas any more beautiful than Plum Pretty Sugar pajamas.

Inspired by the idea of breezy happiness against a backdrop of easy living chic, Charlotte Hale founded Plum Pretty Sugar in 2009.  Charlotte sought to bring cozy comfort, feminine details, and blushing touches to apparel, adornment and interiors.  I would say Charlotte has succeeded.  

I’ve been living (like living) in their robe, romper, and lounge pants and this boyfriend shirt is next on my list.  Well the boyfriend shirt and entire BHLDN + PPS collection.  I mean who can choose, I love them all and I just know you will to.  In fact I’m so sure of it we’re spreading that love and giving WOM readers the chance to win a pair of Plum Pretty Sugar pajamas to call their own.  Whichever set the winner’s heart desires because as Charlotte often says, “we are awake to dream.”  Happy Monday Loves, and good luck!  truly, MKR 

*Robe, Plum Pretty Sugar c/o  ||  Romper, Plum Pretty Sugar c/o  ||  Eye Mask, Plum Pretty Sugar c/o  ||  Nailpolish, Nars  ||  Bedding, Crane & Canopy c/o  ||  Moroccan Pouf, Waiting On Martha  ||  African Juju Hat, Waiting On Martha  ||  Pom Pom Herringbone Throw, Waiting On Martha  ||  Tall Vase, kate spade new york c/o  ||  Small Vase, Dwell Studio  ||  Carafe, Jonathan Adler  ||  Coasters, Waiting On Martha  ||  Muse Candle, Jonathan Adler (also available in gold)  ||  Chandelier, Restoration Hardware  ||  Nightstand, Restoration Hardware  ||  Lamp, Restoration Hardware  ||  Rug, Hayneedle  ||  Throw Pillows, Waiting On Martha (please email for availability)

**Photography, Rustic White  ||  This post is sponsored by Plum Pretty Sugar, a brand I love and adore.  All opinions are 100% my own.

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The Essentials

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During a recent interview I was asked what my everyday wardrobe essentials are?  And while I wanted to say “Louboutins and LBDs of course” that’s just not my reality.  Between the shop, the blog, and styling which often has me trekking through who-knows-what-wilderness-to-get-the-perfect-shot my reality is much more, well…grounded in reality.  So if we’re telling truths my everyday essentials can be boiled down to six items.

Button down boyfriend shirts, hats, silky shorts or pants, layered jewelry, a large bag, and the perfect shoe.  The perfect shoe is really the key.  A few months ago while in Dallas I was introduced to Yosi Samra which have quickly become my go-to.  The Corey sandals (pictured above) have barley left my feet all summer and once the weather begins to turn I know the same will be said about the Preslie (I have them in neutral but how beautiful is the white?).  And the fold up flats are stashed in my gym bag, car, and travel carry on so whenever I do wear my 5 inch heels and they start to take their toll I have a quick fix.  So Loves, I’d love to hear what are your everyday essentials?  truly, MKR

*Shirt, Madewell  ||  Shorts, Aqua (sold out similar HERE)  ||  Hat, David & Young c/o (also love this one)  ||  Bag, Sole Society on MAJOR SALE c/0 (I also love this one)  ||  Corey sandals, Yosi Samra c/o  ||  Preslie flats, Yosi Samra c/o  ||  Samantha fold-up flats, Yosi Samra c/o  ||  Sunnies, Ray Ban  ||  Watch, Cartier  ||  Tassel Bracelets, Gold & Gray  ||  Taner wrapped cuff bracelets, Gorjana & Griffin c/o  ||  Aurora long necklace, Gorjana & Griffin c/0  ||  Hashtag necklace, Moon & Lola c/o (sold out similar HERE)  ||  Tessa earrings, Kendra Scott  c/o  ||  Marina midi ring, Gorjana & Griffin c/o  ||  Cross My Heart ring, Gorjana & Griffin c/o  ||  Mesa ring, Gorjana & Griffin c/o  ||  Bali ring to wrist bracelet, Gorjana & Griffin c/o  ||  

**Photography, Chelsey Heidorn

Occasions Magazine Colors Of Summer || Gold

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The final look from Occasion Magazine’s Colors of Summer was of course my absolute favorite, current color crush…gold.  And gold this Sarah Seven dress was.  With its ruffled sweetheart neck and layers of lace this gown was one you could easily put a bohemian spin on it like you see above, or dress completely up for a truly black tie affair.  It was to say the least, the perfect ending to one of my most memorable, and dare I say, favorite shoots I’ve styled to date.  One I couldn’t have pulled off without the amazing creative team of Rustic White, Munn Brothers Films, Lindsay Coletta Designs, and Jennifer C. Nieman.  I am truly honored to work amongst such talent on a regular basis.  So my Loves, that’s it.  The magazine is on the shelves and if you haven’t gotten it already, well what are you waiting for?!  truly, MKR    

*Concept & Styling, Mandy Kellogg Rye for Occasions Magazine  ||  Photography, Rustic White ||  Cinematographer, Munn Brothers Films  ||  Flowers, Lindsay Coletta Designs  ||  Hair & Makeup, Jennifer C. Nieman  ||  Venue, Ambient Studios Plus  ||  Model, Danielle ||  Gown, Sarah Seven via The Sentimentalist  ||  Jewelry, Carolee via  Bloomingdales Lenox  ||  Shoes, Stuart Weitzman via  Bloomingdales Lenox  ||  Hair Adornment, Twigs & Honey via The Sentimentalist

Occasions Magazine Colors Of Summer || Blue

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If you have to have something blue for your big day why shouldn’t it be the dress?  Look four from Occasion Magazine’s Colors of Summer shoot showcased a stunning lace and light blue Lee-Ann Betler gown completed with a show-stopping big white bow.  The layers of lace were accented by a vintage pearl blusher, two pearl necklaces hooked together to drape down Molly’s back, and a pair of sassy silver shoes.  The look was completely classic yet modern and everything a bride could want on her big day.  truly, MKR 

*Concept & Styling, Mandy Kellogg Rye for Occasions Magazine  ||  Photography, Rustic White ||  Cinematographer, Munn Brothers Films  ||  Flowers, Lindsay Coletta Designs  ||  Hair & Makeup, Jennifer C. Nieman  ||  Venue, Ambient Studios Plus  ||  Gown, Lee-Ann Belter via Kelly’s Closet  ||  Vintage Blusher, The Sentimentalist  ||  Necklace & Earrings,  Caroleevia Bloomingdales Lenox  ||  Shoes, Brian Atwood via Bloomingdales Lenox

A Summer Shift

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A few weeks ago while at the Atlanta Food & Wine Fest I posted a standard Instagram pic that ended up begging the question, where did you get that dress?  To people’s surprise my answer was Old Navy.  I don’t really know why that’s a surprise as I have numerous Old Navy pieces hanging in my closet that have become staples (like my favorite white jeans), but regardless it seemed to be a surprise.  Which in turn made me grab Haley Sheffield and hit one of my favorite Atlanta spots, Parish Foods & Goods, to capture a few snaps of just how lovely this shift dress really is.  So moral of the story, if you haven’t checked out Old Navy in a while I suggest you get to shopping.  truly, MKR

*Dress, Old Navy (currently sold out online, but I love THIS one and you can find it in stores)  ||  Sandals, Marni (less expensive version HERE)  ||  Bag, Coach (old) ||  Necklaces, vintage (blue beaded HERE)  ||  Sunnies, Red’s  ||  Rings, Gorjana Griffin 1 & 2  ||  Bracelets, Tassel, Julie Vos 1, 2 & 3, Gorjana Griffin  ||  Watch, Cartier  ||  Nail Polish, OPI Alpine Snow

**Photography, Haley Sheffield  ||  Location Parish Foods & Goods  ||  This post was sponsored by Old Navy, a brand I love and adore.  Opinions are 100% my own.

Occasions Magazine Colors of Summer || Champagne

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Look three from Occasion Magazine’s Colors of Summer was probably the most classically “bridal” with a gorgeous embellished champagne gown from Liancarlo.  The soft tones and layer upon layer of delicate champagne tulle only needed easy makeup and messy hair from Jennifer C. Nieman, barley there accessories, and bold purple florals from  Lindsay Coletta Designs to create a dream like, or almost floating feeling captured perfectly by Rustic White.   truly, MKR    

Concept & Styling, Mandy Kellogg Rye for Occasions Magazine  ||  Photography, Rustic White ||  Cinematographer, Munn Brothers Films  ||  Flowers, Lindsay Coletta Designs  ||  Hair & Makeup, Jennifer C. Nieman  ||  Venue, Ambient Studios Plus  ||  Model, Jen Whitley  ||  Gown, Liancarlo Style 5806 via Kelly’s Closet  ||  Belt, Kelly’s Closet  ||  Earrings,  Carolee via Bloomingdales Lenox  ||  Shoes, Via Spiga via Bloomingdales Lenox

What To Pack || Napa Valley

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By the time most of you read this I’ll be wheels up beginning day 1 of my 12 day wine county adventure with Ma(i)sonry and Orison Wines.  If you’re a regular reader of the blog then you’d know I’m a big (BIG) lover of wine so I couldn’t have been more thrilled when Orison and Maisonry wanted to collaborate on a best of Napa Valley piece.  I’ve been to Napa a few times, but I don’t think anything can rival what we have planned.  And while I can’t divulge too much as I’ll be sharing all of my thoughts when I get back I wanted to at least share a few what-to/how-to pack tips with y’all.  So without further ado, and before I’m 3 cabernets deep, my 5 favorite packing tips.  And fair warning…my Instagram feed will be nothing but California sunshine and grapes as far as the eye can see the next 2 weeks.  Cheers!  truly, MKR

** Saint James striped tee via Ann Mashburn also available HERE  ||  Rifle Paper passport mini notebooks  ||   Alexander McQueen studded sunglasses

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**  Celine sunglasses  ||  Ray-Ban High Street sunglasses  ||  Red’s Whitner sunglasses  ||  Ray-Ban Clubmaster sunglasses  ||  Alexander McQueen studded sunglasses  ||  Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses

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No. 1 -  Garment racks are  your friends.  When I began styling I purchased a few rolling garment racks and now I could not imagine packing (or my every day) without them.  They’re great for planning outfits and corralling all of your items in one place.

** Clare Vivier fanny pack  ||  Sole Society Jill backpack

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No. 2 - It’s all about the mini.  When regulations changed and didn’t allow anything over 3.4 oz. carried on it made all of beauty begin creating products in a smaller/travel size which saves a TON of room when packing.  I mean nothing takes up more suitcase space than my every day 20+ oz. can of hairspray or hair volumizer!  So I now buy everything you can in the smaller size and keep them in my beauty bag so all I have to do is grab and go.  I even got my tanning lotion in a mini…how convenient is that?!  And if you’re only carrying on might I suggest storing everything in one of these to make security a breeze.

** Chair, Restoration Hardware  ||  Pillow (available via WOM, email for details)  ||  kate spade new york fine feather purse c/o  ||  Moroccan gold pouf  ||  Alexander McQueen sunglasses  ||  Saint James striped shirts blue, red, navy, green  ||  Jack Rogers Vachetta neon sandals  ||  Jack Rogers Palm Beach Navajo sandals  ||  Marni double jewel sandals  ||  Tory Burch Kira sandals  ||  Stubbs and Wootton slippers  ||  Yosi Samra slippers c/o  ||  Proenza Schouler heels

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No. 3 - Expect the unexpected.  When traveling anything can happen; delays, lost luggage, bumps, etc., so best to be prepared.  If you’re checking luggage always carry on your must have beauty products, change of under garments, 1 change of clothing, a bathing suit (if you’re going somewhere beach like all you need is a bathing suit), a back up charger, and a comfortable pair of shoes (I travel everywhere with these in my purse).

** kate spade new york fine feather purse c/o  ||  Pillow (available via WOM, email for details) 

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No. 4 - Create an itinerary.  Wether it be in your Google calendar, printed out and in your purse, or set up in Outlook have an itinerary with all pertinent addresses and phone numbers (hotels, rental cars, restaurants, etc.) easily accessible.  And make sure any travel companions have a copy, as well as anyone back home that may need to get in touch with you in case of emergency.

** Zara nude heels  ||  Proenza Schouler heels  ||  Yosi Samra Preslie c/0  ||  Yosi Samra Corey sandal c/o  ||  kate spade new york toucan sandals  ||  Tory Burch Kira bow sandals  ||  Jack Rogers Napa Valley Navajo sandals c/o  ||  Jack Rogers Vachetta neon sandals ||  Jack Rogers Palm Beach Navajo sandals

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** Rifle Paper + Garance Dore phone case  ||  F. Scott Fitzgerald Tales of the Jazz Age  ||  Rifle Paper travel journal

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No. 5 - Be in the moment.  I’ve lost a lot of peace, a lot of moments to trying to capture them or freeze them in time.  To being stuck to a plan.  To not being willing to take the unchartered path.  No more my Loves.  Traveling is all about the adventure.  And while yes you have to be planned, you have to be ready, you have to pose for those pics so you can record them forever you also have to be willing to throw it all away and go on the grand journey.  Because every day, wether it be on vacation or during your daily commute to work, is a day you’ll never get back so you might as well enjoy the ride.  

** Chair, Restoration Hardware  ||  Haute Hippie “Drinks Well With Others” tee

All images original to Waiting On Martha

Denim Days

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Lately I’ve found my days being spent on set styling or running around town getting prepped for a shoot which means my wardrobe has to be just as comfortable as it is stylish.  So my 7FAM shorts and boyfriend button up, paired with laceless sneaks and an oh-so fab fanny pack (the fanny pack is back my friends) have quickly become my go-to “uniform.”  The shorts are perfect for the Atlanta heat and the button up can easily go from day to night with a quick change into white skinny jeans and heels.  An easy and classic look, and one I wear all the time. So tell me, what’s your go-to “uniform” right now?  truly, MKR

7FAM slim boyfriend button up c/o  ||  7FAM slouchy roll up short (on sale now!) c/o  ||  Clare Vivier fanny pack (and I’m SO in love with THIS one)  ||  Seersucker tote (also available in red and khaki)  ||  Prada laceless sneakers  ||  Marc Jacobs sunnies  ||  Cartier watch  ||  Gold & Gray beaded tassel bracelets  ||  Gorjana Griffin stacking rings in gold, silver, and rose gold  ||  Gold & Gray shark tooth necklace  ||  Gorjana Griffin spike bracelet  ||  YSL #49 lipstick   

Photography, Haley Sheffield  ||  This post was sponsored by 7 For All Mankind, a brand I adore.  Opinions are 100% my own.

White Out

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When Old Navy asked me to share my summer whites I was a tad on the hesitant side.  Don’t get me wrong I love, love, love, white.  However white, especially white jeans, aren’t always the most flattering unless you’re a size zero…and I’m no size zero.  But I had been wanting to try white boyfriend jeans for awhile now so I thought this may be the perfect opportunity and crossed my fingers that it wouldn’t be the worst outfit I’ve ever worn.  

To my surprise and delight Old Navy’s distressed boyfriends (on sale now for $12.99!!!!) didn’t have me running for the hills in terror, but rather I’ve fallen in love with their fit and ease of wear.  I paired my new favorite jeans with a light button down, white Jacks, Red’s Newell sunnies I stole from the Mr., my signature stack of bracelets, a white and gold manicure (post about that coming soon), and a blackberry King of Pops popsicle.  A look that is completely me, and completely one I’ll be wearing all summer long.  So thank you Old Navy for making a white jean I actually feel good in.  truly, MKR

THE LOOK ||  Old Navy, distressed boyfriend jeans c/o  ||  Old Navy button down c/o  ||  Jack Rogers classic Navajos white sandals  ||  Red’s Newell sunnies  ||  Gorjana & Griffin midi rings 1, 2, & 3  ||  Gorjana & Griffin stack rings 1, 2, & 3  ||  Gorjana & Griffin love ring  ||  Movado watch (I also love THIS one)  ||  Beaded bracelets, handmade by yours truly  ||  Julie Vos pearl bracelet  ||  Gold and Gray bone and diamond bracelet c/o  ||  OPI Alpine Snow polish  ||  YSL lipstick

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Photography, Haley Sheffield  ||  Location, King of Pops Inman Park 

This post was sponsored by Old Navy a brand Waiting On Martha loves and adores, opinions are 100% my own.