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#OOTD (Outfit of the Day)

ZAC Zac Posen Bag Giveaway Plus A Blazer To Take You From The Office To Cocktail Hour

The Most Versatile Piece in My Wardrobe Plus a Giveaway You Don't Want to Miss
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There’s nothing better than versatile pieces that can take you from the boardroom to Friday night drinks with your girlfriends.  And while many of you may think that a blazer is not that piece, I’m here to tell you it is.  

Take my navy belted blazer for example.  Easily paired with slacks, a silk blouse and pointed toe pumps to rule your nine to five.  Then just as easily paired with a pair of jeans and statement heels for happy hour.  In fact my favorite way to wear this blazer is actually with a lace body suit underneath for date night.  With just a peak of lace showing I still feel comfortable, covered up, and sophisticated, but just a tad on the saucy side.

And you don’t have to spend a fortune, this blazer is actually from Zara!  Sadly, like all great Zara finds, it’s sold out, but I’ve linked similar blazer options herehere, here and here, and I’m OBSESSED with this striped one!  I wore this jacket on stage at Create & Cultivate late last year, and it seriously made me feel like a million bucks the second I put it on.  Can’t beat that! 

Just keep in mind you want a blazer to be tailored, but not tight, and very few blazer will EVER fit you correctly off the shelf.  My suggestion, especially if you’re investing in a more expensive one, size one size up and then take it to a tailor.  That way you’ll have the length working for you which is where I find so many people get the look all wrong.

Another thing that happens to help this outfit is my favorite new ZAC Zac Posen bag.  The overall structured feel of the bag accented with the delicate flowers is my favorite combo of masculine and feminine.  Plus with the navy and red colors you don’t have to only wear this floral bag in spring.  And just a little something to brighten your Friday, we’re giving away one of these killer ZAC Zac Posen bags (retail value $550)!  Enter the giveaway via the Rafflcopter below, and good luck friends.  xo Truly, MKR 

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Photography, Kathryn McCrary for Waiting on Martha 

As pictured: Wrap Blazer (similar here and here) | Top (similar) | Jeans (similar here and here) | Heels (different color here) | Bag c/o | Sunglasses

Springtime Essentials with J.McLaughlin

An Easy & Stylish Look for a Picnic in the Park
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With spring officially upon us (at least here in the South it is) I’ve packed up all my winter clothes, filled my closest with bright, sunny essentials, pulled my bicycle down from storage and shined her up so she’s ready for a ride.  In the spring before the pollen is in full effect and before it hits 100+ temperatures one of my favorite things to do with my family is pack a picnic, and go to the farmers market in the park.  

Stopping by the farmers market first always allows me to pick up fresh flowers (because who can resist a bouquet of beautiful blooms, especially if they’re local?!) and all of the pastries my basket can carry!  We lay out a blanket and lie there for hours catching up on what’s transpired the week before and I usually pack a salad along with something easy to nosh on like homemade pimento cheese.  But today is not a story on packing a picnic (that is coming Monday), today I wanted to talk about those spring essentials that are filling my closet; because planning your picnic outfit is just as fun as the picnic itself.  

I surprisingly love to wear a sundress if we’re picnicking; it’s effortless and easy, always breathable, fun to move in, and all around a great look.  This sleeveless dress from J.McLaughlin was calling my name from the second I scrolled by.  I love the juxtaposition of the punchy pink with the graphic snake skin pattern; it’s the perfect balance of feminine with a little edge and honestly it’s one of the most comfortable dresses I own.  Since the weather is still a bit fickle here, a light jacket on top was a must and is always a spring/summer wardrobe essential.  White denim keeps things light, and is there anything better than a bright, crisp white piece of clothing?  Plus it’s always classic design make it a no-brainer when you’re layering during these warm-and-cold days.  

Anytime I’m outside in the sun, I have a hat with me; panama, wool floppy, fedora…you name it, year ’round a hat is an always essential for me.  I picked up this panama hat last year from J.McLaughlin, and I still bring it on every picnic (and vacay).  Panama hats tend to lose their shape, but not this one and trust me when I say it’s been on plenty a trip.  

Last year J.McLaughlin also launched sunnies and I’m so glad they did.  I’ve opted for these classic tortoise ones, but I’ve got my eye on these blue aviators as well.  And since more is always more with accessories in my humble opinion, I snagged this gorgeous floral scarf to give my outfit that extra pop.  Plus I love how a scarf this size can double as a light throw in case there’s a chill in the air.  Lastly, how great is this basket-weave bucket bag?! If that doesn’t get you in the mood for springtime picnics, I don’t know what will!  

So there you have it, spring time essentials from J.McLaughlin, (which honestly has been a constant in my life with each change of season), and a bicycle chalked full of flowers; if this doesn’t get you excited for warmer weather I don’t know what will!  Happy Friday friends!  Truly, MKR

P.S. On Monday I’ll be sharing a few tips on just how to execute a great picnic plus sharing my easy breezy recipe for homemade pimento cheese and great, portable Mason Jar salads.  

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Photography, Kathryn McCrary for Waiting on Martha | This post is in collaboration with J.McLaughlin, a brand we love and adore. All opinions are 100% our own. 

A Transitional Outfit Full of Forever Pieces

Outfit Staples to Wear Today and Always
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Black ruffle sweater with olive green suede midi skirt, waitingonmartha.comGreen leather and suede skirt outfit ideas via @waitingonmarthablog-tibi7Black sweater with green suede skirt, waitingonmartha.com Green suede skirt and black sweater outfit, waitingonmartha.comGreen suede skirt, waitingonmartha.com Gold Gucci heels and white fringe bag, waitingonmartha.com bloh-tibi6 Black sweater with dark green skirt, waitingonmartha.com Ruffle sweater with suede skirt outfit, @waitingonmartha

I know spring has been teasing us all, but it’s not quite here yet!  And the fickle weather makes it difficult to dress up for a night out or special event.  My solution?  An ultra stylish look that’s still just the right amount of cozy and fancy. 

First off, can we talk about this sweater??  I think it’s safe to say that ruffle sleeves took us all by storm this past year.  I have this tiered ruffle sleeve sweater in both black and grey—and I wear them all of the time.  The price point is great ($78), especially if you’re on the fence about the ruffles.  

And the skirt!  Well, I fell in love at first sight with this olive green suede and leather midi skirt…it’s a forever piece!  We had a ball at the Tibi outlet when we were in Sea Island last month for The Southern C Summit, and this amazing skirt was part of my haul.  I just love how luxurious the suede looks and feels as it’s wrapped around the waist, and how the leather panel subtly shows on the side.  There’s also a covered pocket (!) which is always, always a selling point for me.  The rich olive color is a nice transitional tone; I know I’m wearing this piece with a sweater nonstop now, and with a ruffle tank like this one come spring! 

But let’s not forget about these shoes.  I actually purchased these gold Gucci heels before Christmas; they were pre-order but I just knew they were going to be worth the wait. I had major FOMO not getting them last year, and I was not going to miss out again!  I almost forgot about these beauties until they arrived on my doorstep…and it was pure joy opening them up!  They’re decently priced for Gucci, and they’re versatile enough for me to justify the price tag.  These are the kind of shoes I’ll be dressing up and down; the gold is dressy enough for a special event, but the style is casual enough to pair with my favorite boyfriend jeans. You know I love those pieces that work double-duty.  Truly, MKR

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