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

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