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Merry, Merry

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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.

Tunes

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

Meg

Style Fashion Week LA // 10/16

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Dress (worn underneath): American Apparel | Top: Nordstrom | Boots: c/o Wet Seal | Bag: Florence, Italy | Necklace: c/o Brooke (roommate #1)

(photography by Paxton Lambright, other photos by me)

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Day two of Style Fashion Week was definitely one of my favorite days. There was ample opportunity to sit in the front row (and yes, I took advantage of it) and the designs looked incredible. One of my favorite shows was the Uwi Twins show. The Uwi Twins, Rwandan genocide survivors, also showed a collection at New York Fashion Week. I studied the history of the Rwandan genocide in high school, so watching a collection so deeply inspired by a tragedy I knew the background of was incredible. The show began with a performance (shown in the last photo) and was impressive from start to finish. Two extremely similar looking women walked down the runway and were not off by a beat when they stopped, posed and turned around. It was so well choreographed the crowd just about fell off their chairs. Some of the other shows included Foxbait, Soul Star Clothing and Seize & Desist. The finale of the Seize & Desist collection was definitely memorable: an incredibly tall male model on a mini-segway taking a selfie in the center of the runway. Definitely not your average finale.

I have had the American Apparel ponte dress in light blue on my wish list for, well, ever. About three summers ago I tried it on in the store on one of my days off and went to buy it, thinking it was on sale. Alas, it was one of the few full-price, new items in the store. Fast forward to three years later, on my first big driving outing to the fashion district, to my trip to the American Apparel Factory Store. It was $35 instead of $70 something and my knees just about snapped in half right then and there. You can’t really tell but the dress is quite low on the sides and the back, making the situation quite risqué. I did not want to have to worry all night, so I threw my trusty side-slit top over it and then brought along my leather jacket. Also shoutout to roommates who give you their clothes/jewelry when you have clothing crises before fashion week. Clap clap you rock, Brooke.

Tunes

A new one — “Hello” Adele. SERIOUSLY GO LISTEN, ADELE IS BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER.

Peace n Blessings

Meg

The Happiest Place

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Top: H&M | Skirt: American Apparel Factory | Booties: Old Navy | Headband: American Apparel Factory

(photography by Brooke Helstrom, David Garry & Nate Overholtzer)

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The American Apparel Factory store is a dangerous place. Easy jeans for $15 instead of $78? And skirts like this for $25 instead of $62? I’ve been looking at a skirt like this in multiple different stores for months and I just couldn’t bring myself to buy it, so when I saw how big of a sale this skirt had, I couldn’t resist. And it’s an entire warehouse full of these price chopped items. Dangerous, but oh-so incredible at the same time. It’s kind of like Disneyland, if you ask me. Also, SC’s campus has begun to feel more and more like Disneyland. It’s about the same size as The Happiest Place On Earth, there are buildings of all shapes and sizes, and roofs with incredible views of the sunsets. I took these photos in the School of Cinematic Arts’ little garden area after dinner last night, which might I add is absolutely stunning. The entire school is just gorgeous. I also caught this sunset at the top of one of the many parking structures around campus and loved every second of it. Sure, it’s beautiful from right outside my dorm, with VKC (that little ball thing sticking up in the sky) in the background and the fountain/pool-that-isn’t-for-swimming, but it’s even more breathtaking in person from a high spot on campus. My college bucket list now officially includes watching the sunset from the tallest building on campus. And I’m sure it will be documented on this here handy corner of the internet, T&T, for all to see.

Tunics

Restless Wind” by Passenger literally came out yesterday and I’ve had it on repeat since then. It’s very calming and the guitar is incredible. And even if you don’t appreciate guitar riffs and melodies as much as I do, it’s still incredible.

Peace n Blessings

Meg

Secrets, Secrets

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Top: thrifted American Apparel | Tulip Tank (underneath): The Hanger | Jeans: American Eagle | Boots: c/o Wet Seal | Hat: Forever 21

(photography by Kathryn McSherry)

First of all, I officially apologize for the absence. Trust me, I’m alive. My excuses are great, but one HUGE event (to which I wore this outfit) I’m not allowed to share. “”Secrets, secrets are no fun,”” I know I know, but trust me, it’s worth waiting. My first excuse is my trip to California. A short stay, days loaded with college visits and jet lag were not great combinations for squeaking photography time out my my sister… Next, I was bombarded with work ( I know, a typical Junior year excuse, but really…). And then next, this thing I can’t talk about…

Well, for this mystery event, I tried to wear my best. “Something that describes my personal style”, they told me. My go-to high-waisted jeans and booties came in handy and the rest (surprisingly) came together some time around 6am. Oh, and those earrings? They accidentally walked off set with me… oops.

 

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Good to be back.

Peace n Blessings

Megan

Thanksgiving

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I am officially stuffed and fully settled in for a laid back night full of Christmas spirit. I know what you’re thinking… Christmas already? But it’s only 26 days and 5 hours away (not like I’m counting or anything). Thanksgiving is always a sign to me that Christmas is coming, and I can’t think of a better way to spend my night than sitting around a fire with my family watching The Polar Express.

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Dress: American Apparel | Sweater: H&M | Necklace: Thrifted | Shoes: Marshalls | Bag: unknown

(Photography by Kathryn McSherry)

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I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Peace n Thankful Blessings

Megan

A Fall Wedding

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Yesterday I trekked to Pennsylvania with my family to celebrate my cousin Sean and Meagan’s wedding. It was great to get to see a bunch of my relatives and welcome Meagan to our crazy family!

I wore one of my favorite Fall dresses from American Apparel. I have a slight obsession with low back dresses and I’m now falling in love with this deep shade of red (just wait until you see the killer beanie I ordered!). Another one of my guilty pleasures are recycled and repurposed things. This bag, for example, is an old Dutch magazine. It’s definitely a statement piece and oh so green.

As for statement pieces, I decided to try something new with my hair. I spent the entire day in two pigtail braids. About 30 minutes before the ceremony, I took out the braids and put in some leave in conditioner to tame the flyaways. I separated one side of my hair into three sections and twisted them and clipped them back so my hair gathered to one side. This literally took 10 minutes to do and I loved it!

 

 

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Dress: American Apparel | Shoes: Marshalls | Rings: H&M and Urban Outfitters|Bag: Recologie | Necklaces: (shorter) Urban Outfitters, (longer) gift |

 

Song of the Day: A flawless rendition of Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop”, covered by Boyce Avenue and Beatrice Miller

 

Peace, Blessings and Congratulations to Meagan and Sean McSherry!

Megan

FIT: Day 6

In case you were worried, I did end up finishing my project for FIT, just in the nick of time. Our project was to research a bunch of topics about a certain decade of fashion from the 20’s to the 90’s. I guess all my information about the 60’s had gotten to my head this morning as I channeled my inner hippie and threw on a flower headband. Flower power all the way.

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On another note, can we talk about this spectacular romper? ((yes, it’s a romper, not a top!)) I literally am obsessed with clothing I can wear multiple ways, and this romper is exactly that. I paired it with a high waisted skirt today for my FIT class but then I wore the same romper down to the beach with a cropped v-neck! And can we just take a moment to appreciate the cutout back? I may just be a sucker for open backed everything but this one in particular is just to die for… Get your hands on your very own Wet Seal romper before summer is over!

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(Romper) Top: c/o Wet Seal (similar available HERE!) | Skirt: American Apparel | Shoes: Forever 21 | Bracelet: H&M | Ring: Brandy Melville | Headband: DIY made by yours truly

Photography by Kathryn McSherry

Peace, Blessings and Flower Power

Megan

FIT: Day 1

TOday I woke up quite early because I knew I would have an outfit struggle: what does one wear to an FIT summer program? In case you can’t tell by now, this American Apparel circle skirt is definitely my go-to piece of the summer. If I could, I would wear it every day… Anyways, it seemed like a must for today. My last ditch effort of a shopping spree yesterday on Greenwich Avenue proved a success with this printed tee and this fringed bag!

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Top: Madewell | Skirt: American Apparel | Bag: Brandy Melville | Sunnies: Camden Market, London | Shoes: Forever 21

Photography by Kathryn McSherry

Song of the Day: The only song I jammed to on the train (to AND from NYC) “Unpredictable” by 5 Seconds of Summer

Peace n Blessings

Megan

Let The Summer Concerts Begin

I, being the concert junkie that I am, went to a last-minute concert in a theme park last night! I literally called up my friend yesterday morning and we decided to get tickets! A few of my friends who I don’t get to see that often were there so it was great to be able to see them! Conor Maynard, a 20 year old British solo artist, was the headlining act and Hollywood Ending, a boyband with three 18 year old members, was the opening act.

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From the get go I fell in absolute love with the members of Hollywood Ending: Tyler, Dan, and Cameron. They sang a mixture of their own original songs and covers! They all were so talented and I had a great time dancing in the crowd with my friend Rachel!

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After Hollywood Ending finished, Conor Maynard came on stage. I am absolutely obsessed with his songs. They are so catchy with great beats and great lyrics. He started off as a singer on youtube who would cover famous songs, so he went back his roots and sang a slowed down cover of “Don’t You Worry Child” by Sweedish House Mafia and “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk. He also sang some  “intimate” songs, as he called them, that touched everyone’s hearts.

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After the show, Hollywood Ending stayed in the theme park to meet some fans! I met Tyler and Cam, but sadly I couldn’t meet Dan who was busy with other fans!

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When my friend and I met Cam, a guitarist and vocalist for the band, we asked him to sign our CDs. Cam signed my friend Rachel’s CD with no problem, but seemed to have difficulty with mine! He dropped my CD on the concrete of the concert area and then got sharpie all over the inside of the case! He kept apologizing and explained how he was super tired and jet lagged from coming back from Switzerland, but I was completely fine with it, it was pretty cute!

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When I first talked with Tyler, the lead singer of the band, I told him how much I loved the show and how I want to see them in concert again! He was so happy I had a great time. What was most exciting for me, though, was that as my friend and I were leaving after we took a picture he said that he loved my outfit! Snaps for you Tyler, you could not have picked something better to say to me!

Speaking of outfits, here was my ootd!

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Top: American Eagle | Skirt: American Apparel | Shoes: Converse

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Songs of the day: “Vegas Girl” by Conor Maynard | “Beauty And A Beat” (cover) by Hollywood Ending | “You” by Hollywood Ending (This will definitely be my song of the summer, it’s a great song!)

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Peace n Blessings

Megan

We Come Running

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When I ‘splurged’ on this five dollar printed button down I was questioned by my fellow shoppers: “Megan, will you ever wear that?”. To be honest, I wasn’t sure but I loved it so I had to buy it. Today was only the second day I’ve worn it (after owning it for close to a year). I’ve always struggled to figure out to wear it / what to wear it with / how to style it. I spent a good amoutn of time this morning trying to figure out whether or not to tie it in the front like bunny ears, tuck it all, button it all up or some sort of combination. Anyways, while I was quite cold shopping around New York City today, I absolutely loved my outfit.

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V-Neck: Forever 21 | Button Down Top: Thrifted | Skirt: American Apparel | Shoes: Converse | Arrowhead Ring: Brandy Melville | Cross Ring: Chinatown | Sunglasses: Vintage

Song of the Day: “We Come Running” by Youngblood Hawke

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Peace n Blessings

Megan