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 derrière 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

 

Twirl Worthy

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Last week while sharing news about an event I’m hosting with Elizabeth McKay and Jack Rogers I couldn’t stop gushing about the Rye dress.  There’s just something about a dress that allows for twirling.  With pops of navy and divine detailing the Rye dress is a fun, but truly timeless piece you’ll wear for years to come.  And the Jules coat, I mean that pattern!  I love it here with the Rye, but it would look equally great with black pixie pants plus the darker purples make it a completely accessible pattern for winter.  I’m just so in love with these pieces I can’t wait to shop them and Elizabeth’s entire new collection on Friday so I hope you’ll come and twirl with me.  Truly, MKR  

P.S.  I’ll also be taking over Elizabeth McKay’s Instagram today and Jack Rogers tomorrow so make sure you follow along on all the fun and I hope to see you Friday!  Truly, MKR

P.P.S.  We’re giving away $250 gift cards to BOTH brands so make sure you’ve entered by clicking HERE

*Photography, Kathryn McCrary

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…AS PICTURED…Jules Coat, Elizabeth McKay c/o  ||  The Rye Dress, Elizabeth McKay c/o  ||  Bag, Zac Zac Posen Eartha Crossbody  ||  Heels Celine (old, similar HERE)  ||  Earrings, Julie Vos  ||  Acorn Ring, Julie Vos (on MAJOR sale)  ||  Sunnies, Chanel (less expensive HERE)

Jack Rogers + Elizabeth McKay Trunk Show

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When Jack Rogers reached out last week to ask if I’d host an Elizabeth McKay trunk show at their Atlanta store I pulled out my sandals and jumped at the opportunity.  And while it’s no secret I (like everybody else) am a huge fan of Jack Rogers, Elizabeth McKay is a new to me brand.  A new to me brand that I am swooning over.  

With fun, bold prints to classic investment pieces Elizabeth McKay is all about bringing a youthful, luxury label that’s defined by the classics but with a twist of modern sensibility.  I can’t get enough of the swirling roses found on the Jules coat and obviously I had to snag the Rye dress (I mean it’s the RYE dress)!  And I’m sure I’ll be picking up another piece or two next week.  Which brings me to the actual event.  Drumroll please…

Atlanta Loves, I’m thrilled to invite you all to come shop the Elizabeth McKaty trunk show next Thursday at Jack Rogers Phipps Plaza from 2-8.  I’ll be there with bells on as will the designer herself Elizabeth McKay to chat and help you shop for yourself and everyone on your list this holiday season.  Plus you’ll receive a limited edition elephant key chain with every purchase and if you head on over to JR’s Facebook page we’re giving away a $250 gift card to each brand.  So who will I be taking Instagram selfies with next Thursday?  Truly, MKR 

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The Shaggiest Of Sweaters

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When I first spied this shaggy little sweater from Free People I knew I had to have it.  Part Snuffleupagus part Kate Moss and all me I love it paired with my Paige Denim black jeans, favorite hat, and little black booties all which I’m sure you’re tired of seeing on the Blog by now, but what can I say, I love what I love.  Truly, MKR

P.S.  How fun are these photos from the amazingly talented Luke Schneider, a Chicago photographer and new and fast friend of mine!?  If you’re in Chicago and in need of some great shots he is your guy.  Love him!

*Photography, Luke Schneider Photography

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…AS PICTURED…Faithful Shaggy Cardigan, Free People (also available in black)  ||  Silk Shell, J.Crew  ||  Jeans, Paige Denim via Bloomingdales c/o (last seen HERE and HERE) ||  Hat, Sole Society c/o  ||  Tallie Bootie, Sole Society c/o  ||  Sunnies, Ray Ban  ||  Camera Strap, FotoStrap  ||  Gold Rings, Gorjana & Griffin c/o  ||  Acorn Ring, Julie Vos (on MAJOR SALE!)  ||  Nailpolish, OPI  ||  Lipstick, Nars

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