Delicate Floral and Edgy Leather

DSC_0333There are MANY wonderful reasons to love maxi dresses/skirts. Maxies make your legs look miles long, especially in heels. Your gams can go unshaved and untanned without undue attention, and elongated hems are perfect in bluster and wind which might make dresses of lesser length blow sky high!

For all of my Maxi love, I don’t own many. But when I saw this gem on a recent shopping trip I knew I had to have it for Spring. I’ve already worn it a handful of times– once to a fancy dinner, and another to a friend’s housewarming party. I love that a maxi dress is easy to layer, making it more wearable as the weather takes its Lion-and-Lamb way with us this March.

I’d go on about this leather jacket, too, because it is soft and buttery and adds just the right amount of edge to any look. But I’ll save that for another day. I’m sure I’ll be wearing it again and again and again. Have a beautiful Tuesday, friends.

XX, Megan

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Dressย (short version, here), Leather Jacketย (also here), Heels (similar,ย similar, and here), Purse, Earrings, Lips

Connect the Dots

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The addage work hard, play hard has new meaning as a full-time working mom. Sometimes I come home so exhausted on Fridays that I wonder if I remember my own name! But truly, by the time the weekend rolls around it is hard for me to balance my desire and need for relaxation with my desire to play and step out of the working world for a moment. To shake it off, just like Taylor Swift.

This past weekend we went to the annual fundraising dinner for out boys’ school. The theme was Mardi Gras so we donned masks, black tie attire, picked up some of our dearest friends, and went out on the town! We had the BEST time! We owe a huge thank you to the organizers, our awesome PTA president, the faculty and staff at Soldier Hollow. I mean when you get to learn a new line ย dance to “Uptown Funk” from your kids’ secretary, you know it’s been a night to remember.

Today, the grind continues. But here is some polka-dot love for your Tuesday. I hope you have a wonderful week, and that your weekend is filled with some “Uptown Funk!”

XX, Megan

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Shirt (J.Crew, similar), Jeans (J.Crew), Shoes (J.Crew), Bag (J.Crew, similar), Sunglasses (Prada), Ring (Madewell), Lips (Stilla)

J.Crew Wishlist

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Do any of you save items you are thinking about purchasing to a wishlist or favorites application on your prime shopping sites? Truth be told, I often fill shopping carts up across the web. Things I like, things I’m lusting after, even things that I will never, ever buy. These items include anything I find interesting, unique, novel, or simply out of my budget. (Hello, simple Gucci slides of my dreams.)

Today I’m sharing some of the loot on my wishlist. Whether or not this stuff really makes it into the cart doesn’t matter. Sometimes it’s just fun to share style inspiration you’re playing with.

Happy Thursday, friends!

XX, Megan

Here goes! (Linked Left to Right, Top to Bottom)

Silk cami, Off-the-shoulder top, Lips sweater, Striped shirt, Dressy top

Casual turtleneck, Leather jacket, Jean jacket, Red coverup, Flowery pjs (sold out, similar)

Black bandeau, Lip stain, Spring jeans, Perfect sandals, Bikini bottoms

Black carry-all, Not-your-average hoops, Simple sunnies, Locket, Polka-dot pouch

Oh, and just one more because!

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So Bright Pink

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I wore this top to school last week and these were some of the comments I got, “WOW! You’re just… so bright!” “Are you over there? I can’t see you.” “My eyes! I think you’re the brightest thing I’ve seen all day.”

All the talk made me smile. I love wearing brights in the winter. Almost as much as I love wearing bright lip stick :). I’ve found that color saturation gives me a little boost of energy on what otherwise might be a monocolor day– white and gray.

I shopped this shirt (now 40% off!) below, as well as the skirt version of this print. I’m half tempted to buy the skirt and wear them together in a shockingly pink combo!! Have a happy Tuesday, peeps!

XX, Megan

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Top (J.Crew (40% off!), skirt version), Jeans (Madewell), Shoes (J.Crew, similar), Bag (J.Crew), Coat (J.Crew), Sunglasses (Karen Walker), Bracelet (Kate Spade)

 

Eggs Florentine for Two

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The only thing I regret about this meal is cracking my poached egg! ๐Ÿ™‚ It was perfectly cooked, but when I went to plate that baby it just kept rolling off– first one way and then the next. That egg did not want to stay put, and I ended up puncturing it with my spoon. Woops!

The idea for this meal came when I was left with two perfect handfuls of spinach that were not enough to constitute two full salads, too much to put into two omlets, and not quite enough to justify cooking up a quiche.

This breakfast, which could just as easily serve as brunch, also came about because of our sweet potato hash burnout. We’ve been munching on sweet potato hash for nearly every breakfast since we began the Whole30, but have needed to come up with some more creative, i.e. different forms of breakfast now that we’re nearly two weeks in.

The results were truly scrumptions. You can make this dish for 4 by simply doubling the recipe but as I knew it wouldn’t be a hit with my kiddos, I simply made it for my husband and me. As with all recipes here on Refined + Rugged, I’d love to know what YOU think!

XX, Megan

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Ingredients

4 slices turkey bacon (or prosciutto)

1 tbs. coconut oil

1/4 onion diced small

1 clove garlic

2 cups baby spinach

Dash of nutmeg

1/4 cup coconut milk

1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus extra for seasoning

Freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

2 eggs, at room temperature

1 cup of grape tomatoes halved

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees with the oven rack in the center of the oven. Spray a baking sheet with cooking oil. Lay the bacon on a baking sheet and bake until crispy 8-10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, heat the coconut oil and saute 1/4 of an onion stirring frequently until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds until fragrant. Add the spinach and nutmeg and cook until the spinch is wlited, about 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the coconut milk and bring the mixture to a simmer. Stirring occasionally, cook for an additional 5 minutes until the mixture thickens. Remove pan from heat and season with salt and pepper.

Fill a small saucepan with 3 inches of water. Add 1 tablespoon salt and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Bring the water to a simmer over medium heat. Crack an egg into a small bowl, be careful not to break the yolk. Slide the egg into the water, then stir carefully for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes until the white is set and the yolk is still soft. Using a slotted spoon, remove the egg and drain on a paper towel. Repeat with the remaining egg.

Place 1/2 cup tomatoes on each salad plate and season with salt and pepper. Place two strips of bacon over the tomatoes. Spoon 1/2 of the spinach sauce over the bacon (or proscuitto). Top with a poached egg and add salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm.

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