For Your Viewing Pleasure | Week 26

Photo taken at Butterfly Beach in Santa Barbara, California 

Happy Weekend, y’all!

I hope you have a cup of coffee (or glass of wine) in hand, because I’ve got tons of fun finds to share with you today!

— On the Internet —

Jess from The Golden Girl shared her favorite anti-aging serum. Sign me up, I’ve got some serious crows feet!

Erin from Happily Howards explains how she studies the bible and offers helpful tips to readers. Such a great post!

Fellow San Antonio blogger, Eleanora, from Oh, Eleanora, posted a fabulous interview with non-toxic skin-care guru Tata Harper! Obsessed with the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask

Tiff from Bright on a Budget, offers a fabulous Charleston, SC City GuideShould I buy plane tickets now?

Caroline from Unfancy is doing another 10x 10 challenge! Excited to see her 10 outfits!

— On Sale — 

The sales this weekend are amazing — even better than last weekend’s 4th of July Sales!

Ann Taylor — extra 40% off sale styles (this one shoulder dress is perfect for wedding season).

Ann Taylor Loft — extra 50% off sale styles (this off the shoulder gingham dress is so cute).

Banana Republic — extra 20% off your purchase with code: BRMORE (I wish I had a place to wear this dress)

Gap — 40% off your purchase with code: DEAL (so many cute swim suits).

J. Crew Factory — take an additional 50% off clearance with code: EXTRA50 (Check out this maxi dress).

J. Crew — up to 70% off original prices with code: SHOPSALE (loving this pineapple printed sundress).

Old Navy — 30% off sale styles (the cutest palm print tank)

— On the Blog — 

Dress (similar here and here) | Bag | Shoes (similar here and here)

This week I launched my brand new site, Depos and Demos! I am so excited with how the final design of the website turned out and I look forward to growing my blog in the coming months!

I rounded up the cutest dresses for summer and gave location specific style guides for each!

I found six amazing straw bags for every budget!

Earlier this month, I shared some wedding photos, as B and I celebrated 5 years of wedded bliss.

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Have a fabulous weekend! Any fun plans? Chime in with a comment below!

XOXO, Meg

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Favorite Dresses for Summer…

Summer is here, which means sun dress season is in full force! Wearing a dress is so effortless and I always feel more put together in a dress than in shorts and a tee. Whether its running errands, a trip to the farmers market, or dinner out with B, you can find me in a dress this summer!

I’ve rounded up my favorite dresses and accessorized them with the cutest handbags and sandals for all kinds of summer occasions and festivities! Enjoy…

Red Gingham | Embroidered Tunic | Denim Shirtdress | Green Eyelet |

Orange Tie Dress | Green Print | Lemon Print | Black Gingham

Wine Tasting — This ensemble would be perfect for an afternoon of wine tasting. A casual dress, comfy wedges, bold handbag, and rockin’ sunnies make this the ideal outfit for the vineyards. Don’t forget to pack a picnic basket — I love a good meat and cheese plate paired with fresh, seasonal fruit!

Going to a Museum — Whether its an exhibit on art, history, or science, I love exploring museums! An artsy tunic dress, low wedge espadrilles, and cross body bag make it easy to take in all the sights. Don’t forget a denim jacket for when the AC kicks on and if you’re on the hunt to find a new museum, be sure to check out this book.

Farmers’ Market — I love hitting up the Farmers’ Market on the weekends. A denim shirt dress is cool enough to wear outdoors and comfortable enough to walk around in to find a carton of free range, organic eggs. Pair it with a Panama hat, sneakers, and a large straw tote to carry all of the veggies and you’re set for a perfect morning. Don’t forget the SPF — this sunscreen smells amazing!

Baby Shower or Bridal Shower Guest — Baby showers and bridal showers are so much fun and are the perfect occasion to get a little dressy! This clover hued eyelet midi dress is a fabulous choice. Pair it with funky wrap sandals, tassel earrings, and a straw clutch and you are on your way to being quite the fashionable guest! Want to step outside your comfort zone a bit? Try a silk scarf tied around your neck!

Wedding Guest — Wedding season is upon us and this little dress is perfect for an outdoor wedding. Paired with blue accents (heels, bag, and earrings) for an unexpected twist, this ensemble will take you from a teary-eyed ceremony straight to the dance floor. Looking for the perfect shade of pink lip gloss? I received a tube of Winky Lux for Christmas and the formula uses your skins pH to create the perfect shade of pink for you!

Casual Friday — Sometimes jetting off to a tropical paradise isn’t practical or feasible. Use Casual Fridays as a way to take yourself on a much needed break. Pair this gorgeous printed dress with fun accessories (snakeskin printed pumps and tassel earrings) and don’t forget your blazer in case of a last minute meeting. Toss everything in your tote and let the countdown ’til 5 c’clock begin!

Date Night — I love dining alfresco and then taking a stroll with B in the summer. This lemon print dress is so cute and just needs sandals, a round straw purse, and a pair of yellow earrings to complete the look. I like to wear a different perfume on date nights and am currently obsessed with this scent.

Baseball Game — I love taking in a baseball game during the summer months. This gingham shirt dress is both lightweight and stylish. Tennis shoes and sunglasses are a must and a baseball hat for your favorite team is a given. If you’re a true fan, be sure to check out the MLB collection from Dooney and Bourke. Make sure you enjoy a hot dog and cracker jacks at the ball park!

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Well, there you have it! Eight dresses for eight different summer occasions! Which one is your fave? Chime in with a comment below…

XOXO, Meg

PS: This post contains affiliate links. By clicking on a link and/or making a purchase through a link, I may receive a small commission at no cost to you! As always, thank you for supporting this little blog!

Welcome to Depos and Demos…

Hi y’all! Welcome to Depos and Demos — my new blog site!

I am so excited to finally have a new website and get back to blogging, as I took a brief hiatus to spend time building this site. The tech-y side of things took a lot longer than I anticipated and there are still a few glitches to work out, but – ta-da – the site is more or less done!

As most of you know, my sister, Kir, and I used to blog together at Small Town Sisters. We started our blog in the summer of 2013 while I was waiting for my Texas bar results. We had a ton of fun together and really enjoyed having a shared venture.

While both of our lives became increasingly busier with each passing year, I found blogging as a creative outlet and stress reliever. I decided at the beginning of this year that I wanted to launch my own blog.

It took quite some time to come up with a name for my new blog, but in the end I decided to go with the first idea that popped in my head — Depos and Demos.

The name Depos and Demos plays into my current career and life goals — being a lawyer and remodeling houses.

Depos (or depositions) are where a lawyer asks a witness various questions to gather information from the witness and determines what will be said at the time of trial. The best depositions flow like a candid conversation, and that is my hope for this blog — to let my thoughts, ideas, and interactions with you, dear reader, flow smoothly, effortlessly, and much like a long chat with a good friend.

Demos (or demolition) are where walls are torn down, the old, broken, or unusable is discarded, and something beautiful and new is erected in its place. My favorite part of remodeling is a good before and after photo — I love to see the progress. My dream for this creative space is to document my own personal growth and progress, and encourage y’all to do the same.

Pour yourself a cup of coffee and stay a bit!

XOXO,

Meg

Natural Bags for Summer….

Whether made from straw, rattan, or wicker, natural bags are all the rage this season! I had the cutest straw purse in high school and I totally wish I still had it!

I’ve rounded up six of my favorites! Enjoy!

From Left to Right: One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six

Which one is your favorite? Chime in with a comment below…

XOXO, Meg

PS: This post contains affiliate links. By clicking on a link and/or making a purchase through a link, I may receive a small commission. As always, thank you for supporting this little blog!

4th of July Outfit Inspiration…

Fourth of July is right around the corner. This year we are celebrating with our good friends and I could not be more excited! Bring on the BBQ, watermelon, and fireworks!

I love a good red, white, and blue ensemble, so I rounded up my favorite festive pieces to inspire your outfits for the holiday weekend! Enjoy!

Striped Tee | Red Shorts | Sunglasses | Off the Shoulder Tank

Wedges | Long Sleeve | Baseball Hat | Lobster Sweater 

Diver Sweater | Red Dress | Scarf | Sneakers

Chambray Top | Red Striped Tee | Cowboy Boots | Blue Striped Tee

What are your plans for the Fourth of July? Chime in with a comment below…

XOXO, Meg

PS: This post contains affiliate links. If you click on a link and/or make a purchase through a link, I may receive a small commission. As always, thank you for supporting this little blog!

For Your Viewing Pleasure | Week 25

We made it to the weekend! Woo hoo! The first official weekend of the summer! Got any fun plans? I’m in Santa Barbara, so I’m planning on getting in lots of walks on the beach.

Here are a few links for your viewing pleasure…

Caroline from Un-Fancy posted a tour of her home and it is the perfect balance of boho-cool meets homey-chic! When can I move in?

Jess from Bows and Sequins shared her tips and tricks for maintaining her health and beauty routine while traveling. I need to adopt these ASAP! 

Blair from The Fox and She recently announced she is pregnant and shared all about her first trimesterCongrats!

Erin from Happily Howards just posted a massive review of dry shampoos! Can’t wait to try out a few!

Fellow San Antonio blogger, Tori from the sTORIbook nailed this gingham number! So cute, girl!

Happy weekend, y’all!

XOXO, Meg

PS: I snapped this photo at Butterfly Beach in Santa Barbara!

Summer Bucket List…

Today is the first day of summer, although it has felt like summer for a while now in San Antonio. Summer is by far my favorite season — I love the weather, the clothes, the activities, the food! Gimme all the summer things!

While we’re keeping it pretty low key this summer because B is studying for the CA bar, I still wanted to make a little bucket list of fun things to do from June 20th until September 22nd.

  1. Cut my hair and go blonder — I’m so lazy and cheap when it comes to my hair and I have totally let myself go, so to speak. I’ve got to get myself to the salon and there is no better time to shorten my locks and go a little bit blonder than the summer time.
  2. Get a pedicure — I don’t get pedicures very often, because if I’m going to pay to have my nails done I would rather get a manicure. However, I don’t remember the last time I got a pedicure and my feet could definitely use a treat!
  3. Swim in the Ocean — I live in Santa Barbara 25% of the year and I very rarely actually get in the ocean! Gotta take a dip in the great Pacific.
  4. Go on a Hill Country Adventure — I really want to getaway to the Texas Hill Country for a weekend with B after he takes his exam.
  5. Go Apple Picking — This probably sounds like an autumn activity to most, but in Texas we pick our apples in July and August. I’ve been wanting to go to Love Creek Orchard for a few years now and I am hoping to make it happen this Summer.

What is on your Summer Bucket List? Chime in with a  comment below…

XOXO, Meg

PS: I snapped the photo of the life guard stand on East Beach in Santa Barbara a few years ago.

Five Years of Happily Ever After…

Today is my and B’s five year wedding anniversary. In some ways it seems like just yesterday that we were reciting our vows to one another, and yet, it also feels as if we have been together for ever.

Marrying B was the best decision I have ever made. He is an incredible partner and there is no one else I would want to travel this life with.

Cheers to the next 50! 🙂

XO, Meg

Father’s Day Gifts…

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Father’s Day is right around the corner, so I rounded up some fabulous gifts that any Dad would love to receive!

1. Cutting Board | 2. Tie | 3 Journal | 4. Mustard Tasting Kit

5. Swim Trunks | 6. Shave Kit | 7. Beer Making Kit | 8. Hat | 9. Garden 

What are you your plans for Father’s Day? Chime in with a  comment below!

XOXO

Meg

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Best of… Draper James

I’m back with a “Best Of…” post. This time I am featuring items from Reese Witherspoon’s fashion and lifestyle brand, Draper James.

To me, Draper James embodies the spirit of a strong southern woman — grace, class, and a little bit of sass!

Here are my favorites…

One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six | Seven | Eight | Nine

Are you a fan of Draper James?

XOXO

Meg

PS: This post contains affiliate links. By clicking on a link and/or making a purchase through a link, I may receive a small commission at no cost to you! As always, thank you for supporting this little blog!

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