New Year, New Shopping Habits: Sustainability And Style Initiative


Going to college in California, I was expecting to come back as a hiking obsessed, green juice loving, tan and blonde beach babe. In reality, I became a full on tree hugger. I took two classes that focused on the environment and sustainability by chance – a freshman writing seminar focused on issues with sustainability and a general education environmental studies course – and to be honest, I was trying my best to switch into other, more interesting courses. Before I knew it, I was texting my mom things like “when we move we need solar panels on our new house” and “we need to start composting right now”. By November I was knee deep in a 10 page paper on how to fix the lack of sustainability in the fashion industry.

After learning about how much people impact the earth just by living their everyday lives, and after watching the INCREDIBLE documentary The True Cost on the social, environmental and economic problems in the fashion industry, I knew something had to change. I just can’t bring myself to purchase clothes that were made by the hands of exploited factory workers and contributed to the degradation of this planet I live on. So this is my New Year’s resolution of sorts.


My 2016 #SustainabilityAndStyle initiative/resolution/goal:

In 2016, I will track each piece of clothing that I buy. I’ll keep a running list of how many items I bought, what stores I purchased them from, where they were made (if that information is available), and why I felt like I needed those items. Hopefully I’ll learn about my own purchasing habits and eventually change the way I look at fashion as a whole.

In 2016, I will buy less clothing. The problem of textile waste in the world is unbelievable; the average American produces 82 pounds of textile waste each year, adding up to 11 million tons of textile waste in the US alone. The first and most important part of the three R’s of sustainability is reduce, and that is just what I plan to do. Next, is reuse.

In 2016, when I need to buy clothes, I’ll look first on clothing resale apps and sites like Poshmark. I’ll also continue sell my clothes when I’m done with them instead of just throwing them out. This puts some moolah in my pocket – and other peoples’ pockets, too – and helps slow down the accumulation of textile waste. I’ll thrift shop, too, because who doesn’t like finding cool vintage stuff and items to repurpose?

In 2016, I will only buy from brands that have a corporate responsibility statement, or have a sustainability promise. Sure, those companies may not be zero waste or may not be transparent about where and how their products are made, but if the company thought enough to create a statement about sustainability or corporate responsibility, that is a good enough start for me (this year, at least).

In 2016, I will continue to learn about sustainability in the fashion industry. I’ll read and research and think and share my journey on T&T with all of you.

I’m so excited to be starting this initiative and I hope you’ll ride with me on the pathway to more sustainable shopping (aka success (if you don’t understand this add DJ Khaled on snapchat right this instant)). I’ll be talking more about this all throughout this year and will be sharing fun sustainable stuff, like brands with impressive sustainability initiatives and information about the changing fashion industry, on twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #SustainablilityAndStyle. I hope you’ll follow along with me!

Peace n Sustainable Blessings for this New Year,


High Line

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Top: Abercrombie & Fitch | Jacket: thrifted | Scarf: Camden Market | Skirt: Pac Sun | Boots: c/o Wet Seal | Bag: Urban Outfitters via Poshmark

(photography by Brooke Helstrom)

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There’s just something about being a tourist in your own city. I trekked into Manhattan for the first time since I went away to camp last August, and after taking a downtown express subway instead of a local train, it was clear I had lost a bit of my inner New Yorker. But then I was in the thick of SoHo and weaving in and out of real tourists and I felt it all come back to me. After some shopping and a much needed avo toast break, Brooke and I explored The High Line. It was beautiful and not too crowded; it made me happy to be home.

Two things have changed since I’ve gone to college: I like bananas (I even had two for breakfast one time!!) and I like turtlenecks. There is ample opportunity to eat bananas at school. Wearing turtlenecks, though? Not so much. I was ecstatic to have found this turtleneck on sale at Abercrombie on Boxing Day, and I proceeded to wear it three days in a row (this was day one… maybe). It’s Brandy Melville soft, black and white stripes like 97.6% of the rest of my closet, and it is a much needed layer in the battle against the cold weather – which I still haven’t adjusted back to. I felt like a middle schooler again coming back from the mall with a big Abercrombie & Fitch bag, but they’ve really stepped up their game. The number of shirts with “Abercrombie” written across the front has gone down exponentially, and everything is a lot more practical. They’ve got my vote.


Because it’s really catchy and my jacket is blue (it’s a stretch) – “Blue” by Marina and the Diamonds

Peace n Blessings


Merry, Merry


Top: American Apparel Factory Outlet | Skirt: Free People | Flats: Steven by Steve Madden

(photography by Kathryn McSherry)


Merry Christmas! I was expecting – and looking forward to – a cold New York Christmas, snow flurries and all. A 72˚ Christmas Eve is far from that. It was a rainy, cloudy day yet warm at the same time. And don’t get me wrong, I’ll take this weather over freezing temperatures any day. But when I say “any day” I mean “any-day-but-Christmas-or-Christmas-Eve”.

This top has become one of my favorites. It’s a wrap top, which is more confusing to maneuver than I originally thought it would be, and the material is incredibly soft. What I didn’t think through was how impractical a black long sleeve top would be for most of the year in southern California. Oh well. I’ll suffer for it anyway. This skirt is also one of my favorites (and has seen a McSherry Christmas before). It’s a thick material yet light enough to wear in warm weather like this. It also satisfies my love of black and white patterned anything. These flats were my Black Friday purchase from Steve Madden in Las Vegas. I wish I could wear them every day of my life, but they look a bit really odd with my mom jeans. Believe me, I’ve tried. Sigh.


A non-Christmasy song, because the season is basically over (double sigh) – “Way Back When” by Kodaline. A beautiful, beautiful song.

Peace n Blessings and Merry, Merry


Walking In The Wind


Top: Project Social T | Sweater: c/o Wet Seal | Jeans: American Eagle | Boots: c/o Wet Seal

(photography by Kathryn McSherry)

I’ve realized a few things since coming home from college for the first time since August: I am still hopelessly in love with One Direction (see exhibits A, B, C, etc.); I have completely adjusted to 60˚ LA days, so coming back to 38˚ weather and NYC winds straight out of JFK was far from fun; and I really like this pair of jeans, which I used to banish to the bottom of my denim pile in my closet, and have worn them more in the past few days home than I have all year. Also, as clearly seen in this post, I struggle with looking at the camera. I guess my shoes are much more interesting than the new patch on my camera.

Today my family had our second of three Christmas celebration at my grandma’s house. There is a gorgeous area of land behind her house, including two ponds and a possible beaver?! Shoutout to Kathryn for exploring with me through the cold and windy weather to make this post happen. You rock, never change. As much as I’m excited to have 60˚ weather again in a few days (thanks El Niño), it’s a bit sad knowing I definitely will not have a white Christmas.


As I’ve been walking in the wind since I’ve gotten home, “T-Shirt Weather” has been playing on repeat. Such a tune.

Peace n Blessings


Patched Up

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Dress: Brandy Melville | Denim Jacket: Thrifted | Shoes: Steve by Steve Madden | Patches: c/o Hipstapatch 

(photography by Brooke Helstrom)

I developed a sticker obsession over the summer. It all started after I bought my hydroflask water bottle (which you should buy for everyone on your Christmas list because it is my favorite thing in the whole world) – everyone at camp had one and mine seemed too plain. So I hunted around for my favorite stickers in Burlington, which included a Patagonia sticker, an 802 sticker and a few camp stickers. Now it’s covered in Brandy Melville stickers, a Tapingo logo (the second best thing next to hydroflasks!!) and a Pura Vida Bracelets sticker. It’s quite full.

So, naturally, I had to find another canvas for my stickers. As you can tell from the photos in this post, I literally moved on to every other place you can possibly put stickers, but used patches. Hipstapatch is an awesome company started by a creative teenager (like me) Amanda. The company sells peel and stick patches in lots of fun, hand-drawn designs. A lot of the thrift stores in Burlington sold big, sew-on patches, which all caught my eye, but the commitment of sewing something large onto a piece of clothing scared me. With these patches I can stick them on bikes, on my computer (where they all are currently), on hats, on my shoes, and even on my jean jacket. I also was able to stick them on my jacket or shoes and take them off, changing the positioning or moving them completely to another item of mine. I love that these patches aren’t just limited to clothing, and that they can live on my camera lens cap or on my laptop. These patches also are incredibly well priced, so if you’re not into spending the $30 on a hydroflask water bottle, check out the Hipstapatch website. The next ones I’m hoping to get (to cover my polaroid camera and maybe my planner for next year) are the watermelon, shaka, New York City, and hippie van patches!


I discovered Spotify this week and I really don’t know what I was doing with my life before then. I ran across my old friend Ray’s new song “You Always Win” by his group Dropout. IT’S. SO. CATCHY. and you all should go listen. It’s on my December playlist which I will be updating obsessively for the next month (and will link here as soon as I figure out how to do that… #newbie).

p.s. by this time next week, there will be a new post on the blog from back home! yay finals! yay winter break! yay kathryn! 

Peace n Blessings


Kiis 102.7 Jingle Ball


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When I found out Jingle Ball in Los Angeles was two stops away on the metro and One Direction an incredible mix of people were performing I knew I had to go. Of course I tried the whole call-the-radio-station-every-day-trying-to-win-free-tickets thing and failed (except I was caller 82 once!!), so I ended up with StubHub tickets which got me two seats in the very last row of the entire theater.IMG_7234

5SOS opened up the show and did not disappoint. The minute Michael began the opening riff of Amnesia I flashed back to the last time I saw them live. They sang a few old songs and a few off their new album, and overall they were a great start to the show.  12342339_960951477311329_9105859402304023521_n

In all honesty, I was there to see One Direction (which really shouldn’t surprise you at this point). The Kiis 102.7 crew made it very clear throughout the night that this was One Direction’s last performance in the US before their two year break *cue the tears* *yes, real tears* *ask Brooke*. The 23 minute set was perfect – and yes they sang “Perfect”. I was most excited about hearing their new songs live. I’ve heard “What Makes You Beautiful” live about 9 times now, so while it still strums on my heart strings the real feels came when they sang “History”, “Drag Me Down” and “Infinity”. It was one of my favorite One Direction concerts yet, and I’m not sure if it’s because it was in such a big arena and everyone was singing along or because it was a huge milestone in their careers. Regardless it was #WorthIt. 12294617_960951470644663_8100212345225230794_n

Other performers included Shawn Mendes, who brought out special guest Camila Cabello, Hailee Steinfeld, Zedd, Selena Gomez and DNCE. I was pleasantly surprised by Hailee Steinfeld and Zedd’s performances. I was not expecting much from Zedd but his set was a mix of his own songs and live mixing of other top 40 hits. His set was the most fun I’ve had at a concert in a long time, and that’s saying something. Hailee Steinfeld only sang two songs but she is an incredibly talented singer. I was impressed. DNCE was absolutely wild, which I was expecting. Joe Jonas ran through the crowd for the entirety of a song and I have never seen a performer jump up and down more than his guitarist did.


Overall, Jingle Ball was Unknown. Next winter I highly recommend going to the nearest Jingle Ball to you. The concerts are exhausting (it was like 4 hours long!!) but you get to see so many incredible acts in one night and it’s super fun– right Brooke!?!

Peace n Blessings




Dress: Wet Seal | Sweater: Project Social T | Shoes: Steve by Steve Madden

(Photography by Brooke Helstrom)


Finals are approaching and it’s quite overwhelming. Final exams in my high school had a very different vibe than they do here – we reviewed for a few weeks before hand; we knew exactly what topics would be on the exams; and we could go home, lounge on the couch whilst studying and snack on whatever we wanted. Now I have to go all the way to a dining hall to get snacks, which aren’t nearly as good as they are at home, I can’t lounge all afternoon in my sweats on my little couch, and professors don’t like to give out information about the exams. It’s wild. So I’ll be hibernating for the next two weeks (hopefully) and getting some serious study time in.

Brooke and I took a breather from editing our final writing papers and chased this LA sunset from the roof of one of the buildings at USC. It was incredible: an entire 360˚ view of the city, the mountains – we could even see the Hollywood sign off in the distance. After a few weeks of really buckling down and getting work done I almost forgot how beautiful this city is. Go outside and watch the sunset tomorrow – it puts a lot in perspective and is a perfect mind refresher.

Also, it’s December and it was 81˚ today. Unbelievable.


Okay, I’ll admit it – I’ve been listening to Christmas music since November 1st. And no, I don’t regret it. And no, I’ll never get tired of Christmas music!!!!! Lately the She & Him Holiday station on Pandora has been my study playlist and the background noise when I get in little I-need-to-re-organize-my-entire-life fits. I highly recommend that station. I also recommend “Snow In California” by Ariana Grande. It reminds me a twinge of home and the fact that it just doesn’t snow in Southern California. It’s beautiful and not overplayed like so many other holiday songs are.

Peace n Blessings





Top: Wet Seal | Jeans: American Eagle | Shoes: c/o Wet Seal

(photography by Kathryn McSherry)

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When I got my Thanksgiving itinerary from my parents and saw that day 1 in Las Vegas said “helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon” I didn’t know what to do with myself. I mean, it’s a once in a lifetime, bucket list type activity. And then I remembered that I don’t love things that make my stomach drop or give entail weird motion sensations. Rollercoasters are pretty much my worst enemy, next to cruise ships on big oceans and glass bottom boats. Needless to say I was shaking in my boots slip on sneaks all morning just thinking about what the trip was going to be like. It. Was. Incredible. On the way from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon, my stomach only dropped a few times, which was enough to get me to say that I wanted to sit in the front on the way back.

I’m not sure if I enjoyed flying through the canyon or when we landed in the canyon most. While flying through I really got a feel for how large the Grand Canyon is and I got to see a lot of bodies of water (including the Hoover Dam), which we couldn’t see from inside the canyon. But when we landed and got to actually walk around, see the cacti, go as close as we wanted to the edge of the cliff, and get a real feel for the sheer height of the rocks. It was all just incredible. It’s too bad this wasn’t on my bucket list to start off with, because it’s quite an exciting one to cross off.

On another note, I am very grateful for the clothes that my family so kindly stuffed in their suitcases to bring to me. I packed maybe two sweaters for college and have been missing my cozy shirts and long-sleeved items. Thanks, fam, for keeping me warm.


Because her AMA’s performance of this song was A++++ – “Focus” Ariana Grande

Peace n Blessings




Dress: Everly via Poshmark | Blazer: H&M | Flats: Old Navy | Padfolio: Amazon | Business Cards: Moo

(Photography by Brooke Helstrom)

In my first week of college, I heard the word “padfolio” a concerning amount of times. A padfolio, as I quickly came to know, is a notebook with a pocket for resumés and business cards and a notepad for taking notes during interviews. It’s a business thing. USC even has special ones in the book store with each school’s name or the USC logo engraved on the front. Fancy stuff. I wanted to be cool and hip and fashionable and go for a color other than black or brown so I bought one off amazon that looked like more of a pantone caramel, orange-tinted-brown-color-that-you-can-wear-with-black-or-navy colored padfolio, which ended up being just lighter brown. So now this here cork padfolio (eco friendly might I add!!) has made its way onto my Christmas list. I also have been way too excited about my business cards. I bought both of mine on Moo: a professional set, and a set for blog functions. I’m utterly (get it – moo) obsessed with the front of them which say “Hello, my name is Megan and you should check out my blog”. Not only are they funny, but they have rounded corners, they fit all my bloggy information, and they come in 5 different colors!!! This, folks, is what happens to you when you become a business student.

You also get real comfortable wearing flats and blazers. For one of my classes I have to wear a suit every Friday morning. Yes, you read that correctly. So business professional I have down pat. Business casual, on the other hand, has always been more of a struggle for me. I wore this to my first recruiter reception, one for fashion brands and companies through the fashion industry association club on campus. So wearing a fun printed dress was acceptable, however the lines when it comes to business casual in the fashion world are even more blurred. I am a fan of over dressing rather than under dressing, so I wore a blazer and flats to keep it as profesh as I could while still showing some personality. Most people wore shift dresses with small heels (something I need to invest in) or pants and a nice top. The reception was really nice but totally overwhelming. In a sea of Juniors and Seniors vying for jobs, I, a wee Freshman trying to be professional and interesting at the same time, felt like a tiny fish in an ocean. It was good getting out there, though. Onwards and upwards!


Honestly, all I have been listening to lately is Made In The A.M., so this one’s an oldie from my Pandora list of liked songs – “Last Breath” by the Plain White Tees.

Peace n Blessings


Made In The A.M.

If the fact that I am still obsessed with One Direction is a surprise to you, do you even know me? No. The answer to that is no. Made In The A.M. came out today and of course I’ve been listening to it all day, so here’s the low down on every song on the Deluxe album.


“Hey Angel” – A good opener for the album – it’s kind of trance-y, like there’s a lot of oOoooOoOo’s and big harmonies and a slow drum beat in the background, but the lyrics are a bit too repetitive for my liking. 6.5/10.

“Drag Me Down” / “Perfect” – If you haven’t heard these songs where have you been. They’re both more mature from their past songs and have different (good) vibes. 7.5/10 / 8.5/10. 

“Perfect” – Again, if you haven’t heard this song where have you been. It’s more mature and definitely not geared towards the 13 year old crowd their previous albums have been marketed to. Good stuff. 8.5/10.

“Infinity” – Like “Hey Angel”, this song is trance-like until you get to the chorus, which is more raw. It’s quite a sad song but I really like it. Favorite lyric: “How many nights does it take to count the stars? / That’s the time it would take to fix my heart”. 8/10.

“End Of The Day” – I absolutely love the opening of this song, but the chorus is too different beat wise and lyric wise from the other verses that it bothers me quite a bit. Favorite lyric: “I told her that I loved her, was not sure if she heard / The roof was pretty windy and she didn’t say a word”. Also “Just me, her and the moon”. 6.5/10. 

“If I Could Fly” – This one made me cry. It may have been the late hour at which I first heard it, or maybe the strings, or the harmonies, or the lyrics, or the speed, or everything. Favorite lyric: “Pay attention, I hope that you listen cause I let my guard down”. 10/10.

“Long Way Down” – Also super obsessed with this one. The lyrics are incredible and very creative, and it’s paired with raspy Harry and acoustic guitar and I love it. Favorite lyric: “We found an island / But we got stranded”. 9.8/10.

“Never Enough” – This song starts off sounding like a cappella and I love it. It also weirdly makes me think of people in a rainforest, living a tribal life of some kind … i don’t know, just listen. 9/10.

“Olivia” Unbelievably catchy (even Brooke says so!!!) and it reminds me of Take Me Home One Direction (tbt to “Rock Me”). Also a great shower/elevator song, just ask the people on my floor… 10/10.

“What A Feeling” – Lots of harmonies and the beat is (surprise!) catchy. 8/10.

“Love You Goodbye” – Seriously so heartfelt – a really sad breakup ballad and it strums on my heart strings. 9.5/10.

“I Want To Write You A Song” – The only word I can think of to describe this is cute – it reminds me of something a high school boyfriend would write his girlfriend, cute guitar plucking and everything. Gotta love it. 9.5/10.

“History” – Hands down my favorite song – I’m a sucker for clapping in unison. Favorite lyric: “No they don’t teach you this in school / Now my hearts breaking and I don’t know what to do“. Overall the lyrics are a bit repetitive, which is why it’s a 9.9999/10. 

“Temporary Fix” – Definitely a more mature song (and definitely not for teeny bopper fans). Reminds me of a 90’s band and I love it. 9/10. 

“Walking In The Wind” – One of my favorites – it has incredible lyrics and a guitar riff that will forever be stuck in my head. It’s incredibly heartbreaking, though. Favorite lyric: “If you’re lost, just look for me / You’ll find me in the region of the summer stars”. 10/10.

“Wolves” – This song has these wolf-ish sounding OooOOoOoO’s but it’s tasteful and not totally overwhelming and there are also a lot of harmonies and it’s just great. 8.5/10.

“A.M.” – FIRST THINGS FIRST – THEY CURSE IN THIS SONG! I was honestly shocked when I heard this for the first time, but I feel like this song really sums up this album for the boys. They are turning a new leaf – one without Zayn, with a new audience in mind, and new and raw life experiences – and I really like it. It’s completely and utterly raw, and this song is absolutely beautiful. Favorite lyric: “We’re just swimming round in our glasses / And talking out of our asses / Like we’re all gonna make it (yeah, yeah)“. So! Grown! Up! 10/10.

Peace n Fangirl Blessings