tunes and tunics

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.

Tunes

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

Peace n Blessings

Meg

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

Walking In The Wind

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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.

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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

Meg

Brick

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Dress: Romwe | Shoes: Converse

(photography by Kathryn McSherry)

It’s been a while since the brick wall of my house has made an appearance on the blog – March 30th, 2014 was the last time I made the whole blog photographer thing easy for my sister. It’s also been a while since I’ve sported a ponytail. I loved having short hair for approximately six days, and ever since then I’ve hated it. As a past lover of french pigtail braids and high ponytails, a lob was perhaps the worst possible hairstyle I could have gone with. It’s definitely growing (thank God) but it’s still not long enough for one ponytail, so I’ve resorted to the double ponytail trick. You pull half of your hair into a ponytail higher up on your head and then secure the rest of the hair with another ponytail right underneath. When you look at it from the back, my hair looks so much longer than it actually is, and when you see it from the side it slightly resembles a faux-hawk. This will definitely be my go-to hair style this summer.

Also speaking of go-to’s, if you’re a blogger you know what I mean when I say blogging can be quite awkward. Standing in front of a camera is weird enough, so when other people (passerby’s or worse, family) stop to look, it reaches a whole new level of awkward. When I feel uncomfortable in from to f a camera my go-to pose is a jump or a really awkward contortion of my body, which I guess my father has seen me do before. He wanted to show off his blogging skills, so I let him run wild. The last photo is what happened. Shoutout to the fathers out there (and happy fathers day, dad).

Peace n Blessings

Meg

Culottes

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Top: Urban Outfitters | Pants: Urban Outfitters (on sale here) | Kicks: Converse

(photography by Kathryn McSherry)

I will be the first to admit that ever since I saw Danielle of  WeWoreWhat rocking culottes early last spring I laughed. I thought they were just about the ugliest thing and that they would never catch on. While I was surfing the interwebs last weekend I came across an Urban Outfitters sale. There must be something about Urban Outfitters sales because every time there is one I seem to buy a new wardrobe. It’s like magic. This sale was no different and I was only $10 away from free shipping (and we all know how that ends)…  If it had not been for the absence of the actual word “culotte” in the description of the pants, the impeccable styling in the photos and the help I got on twitter, I probably would have steered absolutely clear from the pants. But here they are, not only in my possession, but also on the blog (gasp!!). They are hands down the most comfortable pants I’ve ever worn, and they can easily be dressed up with espadrilles or dressed down with kicks. So to the culottes of the world, I’m sorry I ever doubted you. You deserve lots of love.

SOTD: “Renegades” by X Ambassadors is one of the catchiest songs I’ve ever heard. It’s been on repeat (literally) for the past week or so and is perfect for homework or procrastination.

Peace n Blessings

Meg

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Nochella

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Bag: somewhere in Venice, Italy | Jeans: BDG via Urban Outfitters | Boots: c/o Wet Seal (similar) | Top: Brandy Melville via Poshmark | Sunnies: H&M (similar) | Headscarf: c/o ASOS (here)

(photography by Kathryn McSherry)

not Indio, New York

Nothing compares to Coachella. I mean where else do people strut their best festival gear, munch on insane food, and jam to three straight days of incredible music among stars and nobodies? Nowhere, that’s where. I’ve had a major case of nochella-itis for the past two weeks, which was partly because I was stuck at home sick wanting to be anywhere else and partly because why wouldn’t you have nochella-itis – it’s Coachella. After scrolling through what seemed like an entire Instagram feed of people soaking in the Indio sun, I decided to put together a blog of what I would have worn to Coachella.

Boots (or sneakers) of some sort are necessary – the ground tends to be quite dusty in Indio and you don’t want a sandal dirt(tan)line… gross. I went with my trusty Wet Seal boots which are airy enough and comfortable for a whole day of walking, standing and dancing. As a New Yorker it’s hard to imagine anything warmer than 60˚, so I went with ripped mom jeans. If I was in southern California for the actual event, I probably would have gone with something more flowy such as shorts or a sun dress. I wore my new favorite top, a knit halter from Brandy Melville that I scored on Poshmark (yes, I’m still obsessed). I topped it all off with these insane  H&M sun sunglasses, a sun and moon printed headscarf and my favorite map backpack. Hopefully next year there will be an actual Coachella post (or three)… fingers crossed!!

Music: I’ve been listening to this playlist over and over again, so I hope it cures some of your nochella-itis, too.

Peace n Blessings

Meg

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March Playlist

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If you’re an East-coaster like me, you’re probably sick of the snow. And if you’re not, you’re wrong. I’m done with bundling up and I’m ready for some more pleasant weather. Nothing cheers me up more than music, so I put together an up-beat mix of summery songs that I’ve been listening to lately. “Chivalry Is Dead” has seriously been on repeat for three days in a row… yeah it’s that catchy. Enjoy, folks. Dance your hearts out. xx

Peace n Blessings

Meg

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Top: Forever 21 | Skirt: PacSun | Shoes: Old Navy

(photography by Kathryn McSherry)

Page 2. A day spent drinking lots of tea, lounging in my new flannel, and denying the fact that it is still winter. As I walked around Woodbury Commons yesterday, shivering regardless of my four very warm layers, I was completely drawn to this PacSun skirt. While this is not the most weather appropriate outfit, I thought it was a good one to kick off 2015 on the blog. It’s fun and colorful, yet sophisticated at the same time. And can we talk about the sleeves on this top? Bell sleeves never felt, or looked, so good. So here’s to the next 363 days of 2015 – may they be as colorful and sophisticated (and warm?) as this first post of the new year!

Music: We’ve all heard the top 100 songs of the year countdown by now (and if you’re like me, five or six times over), so this is a new top 100 playlist for your ears: the top 100 indie songs of 2014. It’s seriously fantastic. Go listen HERE.

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Peace n Blessings

Meg

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2014

Ah, the end of another year. As one stuck in a school-time frame of mind, I still feel as though I have a half of a “year” left… But regardless of the way my mind works, 2014 was quite an awesome year (give or take a concussion or two). I worked with Teen Vogue, I wore a haute couture dress to prom, I stood front row at a concert, I traveled everywhere, I began to look at confidence differently, and I checked a lot off my bucket list.

This year I serendipetiously discovered my favorite color combo: black, white and blue. Quite basic, if I do say so myself, but it was clearly present in my first post of 2014 and my last post of 2014. *cue spooky music*2014 looks 1

I also discovered my general love of prints. Stripes, kimonos, whimsical anything- you name it, I’ve got it… and I’ve worn it.2014 looks 2

Not only did I discover a lot about my fashion sense in 2014, but I also explored my music taste. Attending 5 Seconds of Summer and One Directions concerts solidified my quite obvious boy band addiction. I even found some new gasp* new boy bands to obsess over listen to. Aside from boy bands, I was basically drawn to every type of music. EDM music from my Dropout buddies piqued my interest as well as rap/good-vibes group Radical Something, indie/acoustic masterminds George Ezra, Ed Sheeran, Passenger, First Aid Kit, etc., and the indescribable Matthew Koma who featured on tracks with just about everybody. After the great music from this year, I am fully expecting some snazzy music in 2015. 2014 concerts

Overall, this year was huge for Tunes and Tunics. People from 117 different countries viewed my blog this year and I have gained new readers and subscribers every day. It’s amazing how much people enjoy reading what I write and looking at what I wear (but also weird, because the internet is weird if you think about it). I want to thank everyone who ever put up with my obnoxious specific photography requests, especially my sister Kathryn- T&T would not be here without you all!

So here’s to a happy, healthy and exciting year — bring it on 2015!

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Peace n Blessings

Meg

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‘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