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Day to Night Denim

The Perfect jeans to carry me throughout my day
Filed Under > #OOTD (Outfit of the Day)

I’m an absolute lover of denim.  Recently though, I noticed I tend to only wear two types of denim. Denim that is comfortable, and functional enough to get me through my day…read boyfriend jeans.  And denim that is more on the formal, and on the tighter side, for a night out on the town.  The problem is my hectic schedule doesn’t always allow me to run home and change. So this past week I set out to add a few new jeans to my wardrobe that would carry me easily from day to night.

I of course gravitated towards a brand I’ve been wearing for over a decade now; 7 for all mankind.  I find their jeans always fit me just right, and last forever.  Plus they have the largest variety of styles, and for this particular shopping trip finding a new style outside my comfort zone was key.

I tried on numerous shapes, sizes and styles, but ultimately went with the Ali cropped jeans with a frayed raw edge. I knew if I wanted this jean to truly take me from am to pm I’d have to go with a crop that way I wouldn’t need to worry about the height of heel I would have to wear.

I also chose a lighter shade of denim thinking how this light color would look great with my favorite sneakers, as well as dressed up with my favorite heels.  Plus with spring right around the corner I liked the lighter, not so serious feeling it gave me.  

And the raw edge.  Well that’s just a little bit of flare and my favorite part.  When initially seeing such a dramatic frayed edge as this you might not think it wouldn’t pair well with a more formal look, but it’s that unexpected touch that I feel makes it perfect for a more dressed up look. I mean how fun is all the fraying paired with my favorite ruffled pink mules?!

Lastly, the Ali is super comfortable.  The denim is worn in and soft to the touch, plus they’re a high rise fit which is all I’m wearing right now.  So over the low rise, all about the high rise.

All in all, I’m thrilled with the outcome and haven’t taken these babies off in at least a week!  Truly, MKR

 


 

 

Photography, Kathryn McCrary | This post is sponsored by 7 for all mankind.  A brand I love and adore.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Merry Christmas Eve!!

From my family to yours...
Filed Under > #OOTD (Outfit of the Day)

Jacket, Hat, Mittens, Sweater, Gingham Shirt, SunniesJeans, Boots

I’m writing this post just before midnight Christmas Eve, in between sipping spiked cocoa and wrapping what seems like my 100th gift.  Addison is snoring soundly on her pillow under the tree, my husband is trying not to fall asleep to Christmas Vacation, and my in-laws are tucked warmly in bed.  This season is my favorite.  And my family’s traditions that surround this season are what I hold especially dear.  

I’m thankful for these traditions.  But I’m more thankful for a family that is willing to change them all up, and make new ones all in the spirit of helping me live my dream.  

Tomorrow (or rather today now), Christmas Eve, will be the first that I have a physical brick and mortar shoppe.  So unlike years of past, this Eve looks a bit different.  Instead of  finishing up holiday baking or decorating, I’ll be helping last minute shoppers find the perfect gift. Holiday martinis will be pushed back to evening rather than afternoon. Church will happen via satellite in our living room (thank God for technology). Christmas Day breakfast has been simplified to pastries and mimosas.  And Christmas dinner is now a lunch because of the shoppe’s day after Christmas craziness.  

While it all looks a bit different, what matters is the same; family and the reason for the season, Jesus.  So my Christmas wish for y’all this year is that whatever you’re doing these next few days, I hope you’re surrounded by love, family, and the true meaning of Christmas.  Happy Christmas Friends!! xo, MKR
 

Photography, Kathryn McCrary

Santa’s Elves Reporting For Duty

Creating Santa's Sleigh with Esurance
Filed Under > Everyday

Between owning a Shoppe, running a Blog, and just living my life I spend more time in my car than anywhere else.  At the risk of sounding cliche; my car is my home away from home.  And while that sentiment rings true all year long, it’s never more true than during the holiday season when my car turns into Santa’s Sleigh. 

So with that said, it only made sense to partner with Esurance to celebrate their Holiday Campaign focusing on the creative ways we customize and love on our “home away from home.”  I mean my car already feels like Santa’s Sleigh each holiday season so why not actually turn it in to Santa’s Sleigh.

For me, my car’s transformation begins with that first trek to the Christmas Tree farm where I outfit both my home and my car with all things green.  For my car I always wrap the rails with garland and hang wreaths from the front grill and back window.  This can easily be done with green wire and my go-to command strips.  Just make sure everything is securely tied down.  Nothing is worse than losing a wreath on I-85.  Trust me.

I also make sure I have laods of holiday necessities in the car at all times.  Wrapping paper, boxes, tape and scissors because you never know when you’ll need to wrap that last minute gift.  Plenty of my homemade Chex Mix, tied up with a bow.  And I always keep toiletries, and a few extra pairs of mittens and hats in case I come across someone in need. 

Between the festive decor, holiday musts, and plenty of holiday music playing; my car always helps me to get and stay in the Christmas spirit while getting from point A to B.  It also helps that I’ve got my own little elf named Addison to help me! Happy Holidays Friends, I hope this helps you to get into the spirit this year. Truly, MKR

P.S. Thank you Esurance for such a fun project. Celebrating my “home away from home” was the perfect way to kick off the magic of the season!

Photography, Kathryn McCrary  |  This post is sponsored by Esurance, a brand I love and adore.  All opinions are 100% my own.

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