Valentine’s Day Outfit Inspo…

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Valentine’s Day is less than a month away. For some crazy reason, I am a big fan of the holiday. I love the wearing pink, red, and glitter hearts all day. I love creating the perfect Valentine’s Day card. And at the end of the day, I love…love! I am a helpless romantic to the core, so a day to celebrate love is the perfect day to me.

I’ve rounded up some inspiration for a fabulous Valentine’s Day outfit! Whether you’ve got plans for a romantic dinner, a girls night, or just a quiet night in, I’ve included something for everyone.

Red Dress | Velvet Pants | Heart Wrap Skirt | Earrings | Coat | Heels | Heart Skirt | Night Gown | Dress

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

XO, Meg

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For Your Viewing Pleasure — Week 2

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Happy Saturday y’all!

I hope everyone is having an enjoyable weekend. The cedar pollen count in San Antonio is crazy right now and Hubby and I have both been down for the count this week. We’re feeling a little better, so hopefully we can do something fun tomorrow.

Here are a few links and such…

— On the Internet —

Jess from The Golden Girl shows us all how to make our legs look longer! Thanks for the tip girl!

Eleanora of Oh Eleanora tells us why we shall be drink matcha in the morning! I’ve got to give this a try!

Julia from Gal Meets Glam talks 2018 Travel Destinations! I’ve got a total case of wanderlust now!

Britney over at Brittney Blane blog offers readers 13 Winter Outfits! Thank you, it is so cold in San Antonio right now!

— On Sale —

Ann Taylor Loft — 50% off full price items with code FRESH; up to 60% off all sale items. This blouse is $15, this sweater is $20, and this dress is $26.

Ann Taylor — up to 70% off sale items.  I have this sweater and it is on sale for $12. This tulle ballerina skirt is less than $35 and is so dreamy!

Anthropologie — 20% off house and home and 40% off winter tag sale. This multi-strand necklace is gorgeous and this chunky beanie will keep you warm all winter long!

J. Crew — 20% off full price and extra 50% off sales with code: GOTIME. Contemplating ordering these gold loafers. This reversible bow silk top is so cute!

J. Crew Factory — 50% off winter styles and 50% off sale with code: YAYSALE. I have this sweater and wear it all the time. This dress is kind of perfect!

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Enjoy the weekend!

XOXO, Meg

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For Your Viewing Pleasure — Week 1

And just like that… we’re done with the first week of 2018!

I’ve been under the weather the last few days and these first few days back to work were so tough.

Have y’all made resolutions or goals for the New Year? I shared mine here.

Keeping in the spirit of resolutions and goals, here are some of my favorite posts on the topic —

— On the Internet — 

Kelly from Kelly in the City shares her Seven Goals for 2018. I love her goal of living simply.

Carly from Carly the Prepster contemplates her Goals for 2018. I especially like the goal of not saying “I think…”

Grace from The Stripe gives us her Goals for 2018. I concur with her goal of more yoga!

Jacey from Damsel in Dior tells us Why I’m not Making Resolutions for 2018. Read all the way to the end for her great personal mantra!

Julia from Lemon Stripes offers her 2018 Goals. As an Estate Planning lawyer I am happy to see “set up a last will and testament” as one of her goals. This is so important y’all!

— On Sale — 

There are so many good sales right now!

Ann Taylor — up to 70% off at their semi-annual sale. This leopard sweater is adorable and is under $30.

Ann Taylor Loft — 70% off select sale styles. This cowl neck sweater dress is under $25.

J. Crew — up to 75% off sale items with code: SALEONSALE. This zebra bathing suit is calling my name! And at under $30 it is even cuter!

J. Crew Factory — 60% off clearance with code: CHILLY. I ordered this top ($14) to liven up my work wardrobe and this lace top ($16.00) for date night.

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XO, Meg

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Happy 2018…

Happy New Year!

Sorry for the radio silence around here lately. December was far busier than I anticipated with work and this little blog definitely took a back seat.

2017 wasn’t my favorite year and I was more than happy to see it go. I have high hopes for 2018 and am looking forward to the clean slate that the new year brings.

One of my favorite things to do come the beginning of January is to write out my goals for the upcoming 365 days. Some of them I  meet, some of them I don’t — but I love the exercise of contemplating ways to better myself as a person. Here’s my plan for 2018.

Health & Wellness

Drink more water — I am terrible at drinking the recommended 8 glasses of water per day. I ordered myself a new water bottle hoping that might help.

Go to yoga once a week — I always feel so good after going to a yoga class, I really want to make it part of my weekly workout schedule.

Run a 1/2 marathon — I’ve completed three half marathons and I always feel like I am in the best shape of my life after months of hard training. I can’t wait to run another one in 2018!

Recycle — I just finished the book “Zero Waste Home” and I am inspired to recycle more and use less disposable products. We recycle large items (like cardboard boxes), but I want to be better about maximizing our recycling power.

Personal

Journal Everyday — I feel like this is on my list every year, but I do want to jot down memories so I can look back on them in years to come.

Read the Bible Everyday — I downloaded a Bible on my iPad that breaks down the Bible into a few chapters per day. It is really manageable and I am currently making my way through Genesis.

Encourage Other Women — I want to figure out a way to encourage the women in my life. I haven’t figured out what I am going to do yet, but I am looking forward to doing something!

Blog

Blog Three Times Per Week — I really want to turn my little corner of the web into something special, so I am going to put more emphasis into posting more quality content.

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XOXO, Meg

Holiday Gift Guide #4: Jet Setter

Happy Friday! I hope y’all had a wonderful week!

I had two days of continuing legal education this week and my brain is fried! I’m so exhausted and the fact that it starts to get dark at four o’clock does not help matters. The time change gets me every. single. year.

Can you believe it is December? Ready or not — there are only 24 days until Christmas Day! I’m back with another gift guide — this time I’ve rounded up gifts perfect for the jet setter! Enjoy!

Cork Globes — pin point all your favorite adventures on this adorable cork board globe.

111 Places to See in New York — I bought this book a few months ago and I love reading about all of the interesting places that are off the beaten path.

Travel Essential Oil Diffuser — I am obsessed with my essential oil diffuser. I love using the lavender oil before bed. Having one of these to take on trips would be amazing!

Travel Candles — I like to bring a travel candle with me when I am staying in a hotel room. Some hotel rooms have weird smells and it is nice to have a familiar scent when I am far from home.

Passport Cover — You can’t miss this bright passport cover in your purse next time you’re traveling overseas!

Suitcase — I have this carry-on and I love it! I’ve used it at least once a month for the past 3 years and it is still in amazing shape!

Travel Size Perfumes — I hate to check my luggage, so that means I need travel sizes of my favorite toiletries and cosmetics. Don’t lose your favorite perfume to TSA.

Coola Sunscreen Sample Set — This is my favorite sunscreen. Perfect for anyone on your list heading to a tropical locale in the upcoming months.

Travel Journal — I love journaling and having one specific for travels is a fabulous idea!

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XOXO, Meg

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After Thanksgiving Sales…

I hope y’all had a very happy Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, and never-ending festivities!

I know I did! We shared Thanksgiving with my sister, her husband, our two nieces, and our parents — and we had the best time!

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Yesterday we decided to skip the mall and went up to the mountains instead. It was surprisingly warm and we picnicked on left over Thanksgiving food and enjoyed the great outdoors.

If you skipped shopping yesterday, but still have a few more gifts to buy — have no fear — most of the sales are still going strong.

Below are some of the best sales and my personal picks on the web for After Thanksgiving Sales….

J. Crew: 40% off with code: THANKU — treat yourself to a new winter coat, treat your main squeeze to a cozy parka..

Banana Republic: 50% off everything — a half-zip sweater for your hubby, a velvet vest for cold weather fun…

J. Crew Factory: 50%-60% off everything, plus 50% off clearance with code: FRIYAY — gold glitter slippers for your sister, a long sleeve thermal for your brother…

Ann Taylor: 50% off everything with code: GOPINK — a pendant necklace for your best friend, a new pair of gloves for your co-worker…

Kate Spade: 30% off everything with code: GIVEJOY — a phone case for your cousin, an ornament for your boss…

Dooney & Bourke: 25% off with code: BLACKFRIDAY — a new wallet for Dad, a beautiful bag for any lady on your list…

Ann Taylor Loft: 50% off everything with code: FRIYAY — Pajamas for your mom, a new party dress for you…

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Do you hit up any sales? Score any sweet deals? Do tell! Chime in with a comment below…

XOXO, Meg

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Holiday Gift Guide #3: 25 Under $25

Happy Friday!

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is next week?

Christmas will be here before we know it! Have you started Christmas shopping yet? I am almost done!

Gift giving can be a pricy endeavor, especially if you’ve buying gifts for family, friends, significant other, co-workers, secret saints, etc.

Today I rounded up twenty-five gifts under twenty-five dollars! The list spans all price points and you are sure to find something for someone on your list, at budget prices no less.

Herb Garden | Gold Clutch | Face Mask Set | Pajama Pants | 52 List Project

Coffee Cup | Calendar | Earrings | Bath Salts | Perfume |

Antler Vase | Stud Earrings | Trinket Tray | Popcorn Popper | Monogrammed Mug

Ribbon Hoops | Gloves | Scarf | Eye Mask | Ornament

Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up | Socks | Candle | Key Chain | Hair Bows

Have a great weekend!

XOXO, Meg

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Holiday Gift Guide #2: Hostess Gifts

Whenever I go to someone’s house for dinner or a party, I always try to bring a little something for the host or hostess. It takes a lot of effort to plan a nice event, even if it appears to be a casual soiree or the hostess seems stress free.

I’m heading to my sister’s house for Thanksgiving and you can be sure I’m packing an extra present or two for her! She makes hosting people look easy and always sets up an incredible breakfast spread each morning!

Here are some of my favorite gifts to give the gracious host or hostess…

One: Candle — This is my favorite candle of all time. It smells so good! You can’t go wrong with giving a candle!

Two: Monogrammed Throw — This is a beautiful blanket and would make a sweet gift.

Three: Cheese Labels — These are too cute! These would be perfect for anyone who loves to serve up a good cheese plate.

Four: Peppermint Bark — If you don’t know your host or hostess very well, you can’t go wrong with peppermint bark from Williams Sonoma. This stuff is so addictive — you’ll likely earn yourself an invitation to all future events!

Five: Door Mat — I love this cheeky doormat! This would make a great gift to the hostess with a sense of humor.

Six: Tea Towel — I love to pair tea towels with hand soap for a sweet and practical gift.

Seven: Marble and Wood Serving Tray — These serving boards make a great gift for the hostess who does a lot of entertaining.

Eight: Coasters — These coasters have cute sayings and tell your hostess that you’re not about to leave a ring on her coffee table!

Nine: Wine Bag (and of course, a bottle of wine!) — Wrap up your favorite bottle of wine in a chic wine bag. I like to gift wine from vineyards I have visited with a note telling the hostess about my trip to the winery and why I think they’ll love it too!

What do you like to bring the host or hostess? Chime in with a  comment below!

XOXO, Meg

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Holiday Gift Guide #1: My Wish List

Happy Saturday y’all! The weather has finally cooled off in San Antonio and it feels like fall has arrived. And that cooler weather means Christmas is just around the corner — only 44 days away! Sometimes picking out the perfect Christmas gift can be really stressful, which is why I’ve got 25 days of gift guides coming your way to give you lots of ideas!

I’m kicking off the gift guides with my own wish list! Making my list made me feel like a kid again with the toy catalogue and a magic marker. This year’s list ranges from a cute, french bulldog mug to a beautiful pair of high heels, and everything in between. My list from last year included a French Bulldog that looks an awful lot like Fred! 🙂

What’s on your wish list?

One: Gray Coat — I’ve had my eye on this coat for quite some time. The only problem is — I don’t get to wear a coat very often in San Antonio — which is why it is on my wish list and not in my closet.

Two: French Bulldog Watch — I love all things Kate Spade and French Bulldogs and this watch is too cute!

Three: Heels — I wear heels everyday to work, so I am always searching for a new pair to add to the collection. This t-strap pair is both sophisticated and fun — perfect for the office and dinner after work.

Four: Candle Holder — Chip and Jo’s line Hearth and Hand hit Target earlier this week and I can’t stop thinking about this candle holder. The little box on the bottom opens up and seasonal decor can be added and changed out.

Five: Leopard Vest — I actually splurged and ordered this vest for myself! It was too beautiful to pass up and will go with everything this holiday season.

Six: French Bulldog Beanie — Can it get any cuter? I would wear this little hat on my morning walks with Fred!

Seven: French Bulldog Mug — Have you caught on to the theme yet? These mugs are wonderful quality and the little painted puppy on the front makes it extra special!

Eight: Productivity Planner — I’ve read so many good things about this planner and I am wanting to try it ASAP! It is a journal/planner/to-do list! I’m all about getting stuff done, so this would make a great gift for me!

Nine: Perfume Sampler — I love Tocca perfumes and I tend to gravitate towards smaller sized bottles, because I can never make up my mind well enough to splurge on a big bottle!

Happy Holidays!

XOXO, Meg

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Five Ways to Support a Small Business this Holiday Season…

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Can you believe it is November 1st? Time is flying by — and — believe it or not — Christmas is only 55 days away!

I love supporting small businesses throughout the year and the holidays are no exception. To me, giving and receiving gifts from small businesses always seem more personable and meaningful than big box store gifts.

When it comes to shopping small and local, you’ve got to be organized — handcrafted and/or personalized gifts take time to make, so ordering close to Christmas and paying for overnight shipping are not even options, which is why I’m posting this now.

If you’re interested in supporting small businesses this holiday season, here are my top five ways to do so:

1. Etsy 

Etsy is a great place to search for handmade items. My favorite gift giving items are jewelry, soap, and scarves. But did you also know that Etsy is a great place to buy holiday gifts bags, gifts tags, and Christmas cards. I’ve had nothing positive experiences shopping on Etsy — plus my mom has a yarn shop if you’re a knitter (shameless plug!)

2. Local Businesses in your Area

Think of your favorite places to go in your town. One of mine is my favorite coffee shop, Local Coffee. I’ve got a few coffee lovers on my gift list, so a bag of my favorite coffee beans is the perfect gift.

If you’re attending a holiday party, forego buying desert at the grocery store and pick up those to-die-for cupcakes from your favorite bakery.

3. Holiday Craft Fairs and Farmers Markets

Lots of towns and cities have holiday craft bazaars where you can find beautifully handcrafted items and holiday decor. I have had great luck finding gifts at my local farmer’s market — soaps, soup making kits, chocolates, and salsas all make great gifts and stocking stuffers. If you’re in the San Antonio area, I would highly recommend checking out the Pearl Farmers Market.

4. Multi-Level Marketing

I’m sure you have a friend or two who sells products for a multi-level marketing company (i.e.: Avon, Mary Kay, Jamberry, Scentsy, Thirty-One, etc). If you like the products and have someone on your list who would enjoy the product, consider buying through your friend.

5. Shop Affiliate Links

Bloggers, like myself, make money through affiliate links. The affiliate network I use pays me about five cents per click, other affiliate networks pay out a percentage of sales. Either way, if a blogger posts something you like, shop her links and/or save the post for later when you’re ready to shop. I’m going to be posting tons of gift guides over the next few weeks, as will tons of other bloggers, so feel free to click away! This is a great way to support a small business when you’re ordering online!

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I hope this little guide helps you support small businesses this holiday season. Got any other ideas? Chime in with a  comment below.

XOXO, Meg

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