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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.

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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

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas: My Edition

Blogmas: Day 4

Why is it that Christmas sneaks up on me every year? As a girl who wears santa socks over the summer and breaks out the Christmas playlists before Thanksgiving, one would assume that I would feel especially spirited on Christmas Eve… but I don’t. Maybe I look forward to Christmas during school because it means I am close to a earning a break from all of my hard work. Maybe I look forward to the holidays because I get to spend time with my family. Maybe I look forward to Christmas because of the gifts: the gifts I receive, the gifts I give, and even the gifts others give and receive. But why wouldn’t I feel the Christmas spirit if I feel all of these things? That is the question. So I put together a little rendition on ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas attempting (and probably failing) to get to answer. Enjoy xx.

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‘Twas the night before Christmas when all through the world, all the creatures were stirring, all electronics unfurled.

Some stockings were hung by the chimney with care, knowing that plenty of presents soon will be there.

The teens should be nestled all snug in their beds, but they’re watching Netflix and texting instead.

And from their headphones they do not hear a clatter, they do not spring from their beds to see what was the matter.

Their lists grow longer and longer with time, hoping to show it off and say, “look, they’re all mine!”

The magic is lost with our handheld devices, mischief seekers can see every purchase and prices.

When they arise, it is all again exciting, they see the gifts, and oh, what a sighting!

But some are not as fortunate as they, some families’ Christmases are much more grey.

Family, friends, all they have is each other, a gift in itself, but not any other.

So why is it that some folks are often happy, with a Christmas some people would call quite “crappy”?

The cheer, that’s it, the cheer they feel, surrounded by happiness, it’s all the more real.

Look at what you’ve got, and not what you’ve not, then your Christmas will feel true, or at least it aught…

So take this night, this grand Christmas Eve, for being truly thankful could be the best reprieve.

I’m sure he’ll still exclaim when he drives out of sight, “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

So tuck yourself in, all snug in your bed, and have visions of sugar plums dance in your heads.

Dream away, thank away, cheer away all, for Christmas should be the most merry time of all.

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Merry Christmas everyone, I hope you’ve enjoyed blogmas!

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Peace n Blessings

Meg

My Top Four Christmas Playlists

Blogmas: Day 2

You know those people who jam to Christmas music all year round? Yep, that’s me. There is just nothing better than some Christmas cheer, no matter where you are or what time of year it is. Christmas is three days away, yet most of us Christmas celebrants are still running around gathering gifts and making last minute plans. This is the time where most of the Christmas magic is lost. Sad, but true. Since I have been listening to these playlists for way too long, I rounded up some of my favorite Christmas playlists to bring back the feelings that should be felt around Christmastime.

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Playlist 1: An Acoustic Playlist

Why I Like It: Everything is better acoustic (especially EDM hits). In this case, this Christmas playlist is a perfect mix of acoustic classic song covers and chill original tracks. It is perfect for background music for dinner, present exchanging or chatting around the fire!

My Favorite Tracks: “Baby It’s Cold Outside” covered by The Royal Sons ft. Mariah McManus, “All I Want For Christmas” covered by Alex & Sierra, and “White Christmas” covered by Bright Eyes.

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Playlist 2: An Indie Playlist

Why I Like It: First of all, the playlist begins with a “Someday at Christmas” cover by my boy, Jack Johnson. How could a playlist with Jack Johnson be bad? The playlist is an entire mix of indie (and even pop) artists tackling classic Christmas songs and making them unique. It’s just fantastic.

My Favorite Tracks: “White Christmas” covered by Panic! At The Disco, “Sleigh Ride” covered by Fun., and “Wonderful Christmastime” covered by The Shins.

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Playlist 3: A Classic Playlist

Why I Like It: This playlist is the epitome of Christmas music. It features typical Bing Crosby songs but also includes songs by Ariana Grande, Carrie Underwood and Jackson 5. This mix of old with a pinch of new is the perfect recipe for a crowd pleasing playlist.

My Favorite Tracks: “What Christmas Means To Me” by Stevie Wonder, “Love Is Everything” by Ariana Grande, “Christmas Eve” by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” by Bing Crosby.

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Playlist 4: My Christmas Playlist

Why I Like It: These are all of my favorite Christmas songs on one short playlist. It features upbeat classics combined with indie covers and folksy/pop original songs. It’s good for youngins like me and every age group out there.

My Favorite Tracks: “Do They Know It’s Christmas” the 2014 Band Aid single, “It’s Christmas Time Again” by The Backstreet Boys, “Snow In California” by Ariana Grande, and “Silent Night” covered by The Vamps.

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The best thing about these playlists is that you can listen to them for free! If you know me (or read my blog constantly) you know that I’m a strong advocate for 8tracks; I literally share it with everyone I meet. (And if you’re wondering, this is in no way shape or form a promotion, I just seriously am obsessed with 8tracks). My favorite tags to search are “study”, “chill” and “indie pop” and every time I find a new playlist to obsess over. So go obsess over these playlists, and then move onto bigger and better playlists after Christmas!

What are your favorite Christmas songs? Which playlist is your favorite out of these four? I hope you enjoyed my Christmas playlists. I’ll see you tomorrow with Day 3 of Blogmas!

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Peace n Blessings

Meg

Christmas Layering (And Blogmas?)

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Top: LF | Sweater (underneath): H&M | Skirt: Free People | Boots: c/o Wet Seal

(Photography by Kathryn McSherry)

Blogmas: Day 1

Four days. There are only four days until Christmas. By the time this is posted, there will basically be three days until Christmas. Crunch time. On the other hand, I think I am going to take these four days to start Blogmas. (For those who don’t know, Vlogmas: A Christmas celebration that mainly Youtubers participate in by vlogging (or video blogging) everyday until Christmas). I may be 21 days late and I may not be a vlogger, but Blogmas is taking over the blogging world (and my mind). So here goes my first day of Blogmas, I’ll see y’all tomorrow with a Christmas music post!

I wore this layered look to a family Christmas Party last weekend. I had just gotten this skirt from a family friend and was dying for an opportunity to wear it! I wanted to pair the black and white pattern with a colored top to be a little more Christmasy. My chunky emerald and maroon sweaters epically failed at the task, but this maroon H&M sweater worked… well, kind of. The cutout back was too cold and too busy with the skirt, but after playing around with flowy-tops, I came across my trusty LF tank (which I wear all too often). The mix of lengths and layers worked out perfectly and I am totally inspired to play around with unexpected layering more often.

Oh and can we talk about my dad’s pants? I mean you can’t get more festive than that.

Peace n Blessings

Meg

McSherry Christmas

I know it’s a little late for a Christmas OOTD seeing as it is New Years Eve… but this one needed to happen before the end of 2013.

In the McSherry Christmas celebration, a secret santa is a yearly event. Instead of just signing “from your secret santa to ____” we answer three questions that act as clues to our identities. But if that wasn’t enough for my Uncle Dennis to guess who his secret santa was, I made it quite obvious in the gift. Along with portable bluetooth speakers and a baseball world series dvd, I added in a coupon for 1 guest appearance on T&T. As a frequent commenter and viewer, I knew Uncle Dennis would loovvee the coupon (and he did). I’m glad I could help him check something off his bucket list before the end of the year.

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As for my outfit, it was a quick fix to take this Wet Seal dress from simple to special.

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I wore it the previous week for a birthday brunch, and to take it from day to night all it needed was a little creativity. I added a black velvet skirt over this dress, which was a little shorter than the hem of the dress so the bottom of the dress showed through. Over the skirt, I added a jeweled belt and I pulled it all together with cutout oxford shoes.

Dress: c/o Wet Seal (available HERE) | Skirt: Nordstrom | Belt: stolen from my mother’s closet | Shoes: Marshalls

Peace n Blessings

Still stuck in the Christmas Sprit,

Megan and Uncle Dennis

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

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Last night was my second annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. This year I changed the rules a little bit though: the sweaters had to be homemade. Although not everyone followed the rules (I’ve got some rebellious friends), the sweaters were as ugly as ever. I decided to make my sweater look like a Christmas Tree and to add to the holiday spirit, I made my hair like Cindy Lou Who from the movie How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

On a side note, I bought one of those disposable camera’s from Urban Outfitters that puts an overlay on the pictures and this one was Christmas themed. I think I’m in love. Although it’s like extremely expensive for 21 photos  that are 99% likely to turn out terribly, it is definitely fun to have. I bought the Happy Holidaze overlay camera.

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Sweater: Homemade (stay tuned for a DIY vid on how to make it!) | Jeans: American Eagle | Shoes: Vans

P.S. Want to make Cindy Lou Who hair like mine? Watch my DIY video!

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Peace n Christmas Blessings

Megan & friends

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

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

Last night I had my first Ugly Christmas Sweater party. It was a blast! We decorated gingerbread houses and we played Just Dance on the Wii and we did Disney Karaoke!

Here was my sweater! It was an (itchy) acrylic black sweater with red and gold sparkle details. I also tied a big ribbon in my hair to be a bit more festive!!

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This is my friend Jen! She added Christmas bows to her sweater! She even wore bows as earrings!

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This is my friend Landy! She took an ordinary penguin sweater and added all the christmasy details! How creative!!

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This is me and my friend Norah. I loved her Christmas sweater with the teddy bears and the wreath!

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Here is me and my friend Christianna! She wore a grey vest with snowflakes and snowmen on it!

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This is Steph and Maggie! I loved Steph’s blue snowflake patterned sweater and Maggie’s sweater (from Urban Outfitters) had farm animals on it!

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Even my DAD got in the Christmas Spirit with his corduroy red and green checked pants!

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Overall, it was so much fun and I think all my friends enjoyed themselves!!

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Merry Christmas Eve!!

Peace n Blessings

Megan

 

Great Night!

Tonight was my Ugly Christmas Sweater party! I had a blast.

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there are lots more photos to come!!

 

Merry Christmas Eve!!

Peace n blessings

Megan

 

Christmas Party!

Today was the last day before Christmas break at school. It’s a tradition at my little Catholic school to wear all-out Christmas gear on the last day before vaca. We have a Christmas carol sing along, and we have dance parties and eat lots of food. Lots and lots of food.

Anyways, today my friends and I were especially festive!

Here’s me and my friend Tess! I was wearing a red sweater from Aeropostale!

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This is my friend Abby, sporting a vintage sweater with a pearl detail!

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This is my friend Francesca!

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This is Landy wearing a red nordic sweater!

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Here’s me and my little sister!

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This is Kayla (in the suspenders) and my friend Christiana.

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Today was so much fun!

I hope you all had a great day 🙂

 

Peace n Christmas Blessings

Megan