Work it! Power Red

Scarlet, papaya, crimson, fiery sunset– all things RED! Have any of you ever been bold enough to layer yourself in this punchy color? One of the most iconic blogger-gals Blair (below), of Atlantic-Pacific, has rocked many head-to-toe red looks over the years.

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While I don’t hide my passion for red, sometimes a simple coat or accessory is enough to bring that bright pop to your daily dress. Perhaps drenching yourself in vermilion hues isn’t your style speed. So while red is definitely on my style radar this fall for both work and weekend, I probably won’t be rocking any head-to-toe ensembles of this vibrant shade.

Instead, I plan to add some red on the accessory level. Here are a few of my favorite red outfit additions. Coat, earrings, pants, bag (on sale!), shoes.

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Just one more look from Blair because I simply can’t resist!

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Wearing This Weekend: Labor Day Edition

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Shirt, Jeans, Sandals

It has been an interesting sartorial journey for me as I’ve return to the workplace. Before I was working full time, I often fell into the overdressed category. One of the reasons I clung to my style was that it was a way for me to set the tone for my day. I simply did not want to fall into a permanently casual vibe.

No judgement here. I understand that a lot of primary parents want and need to be comfortable as they wrangle small humans, schlep snacks and sunscreen, go from playground to carpool. In short, I get it. Active wear is important.

Now that I’m working my respect for weekend and lounge wear has increased 100 fold. I can’t wait to get home from work and throw on my Birkenstock sandals. Alleluia. I’ve pulled together a batch of looks from Madewell this fine Friday. Consider this some inspiration for your Labor Day Weekend wearing.

If you find yourself in the little town of Midway, Utah this weekend, be sure to stop by the pie and ice cream booth. I’ll be happy to serve you up some sweetness on a plate as Swiss Days are in full swing! Happy Friday, friends!!

XX, Megan

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Shirt, Jeans, Mules

Shirt: The ruffles on this top are irresistible! This top also transitions easily from weekend to work week with a simple pant switch. Jeans: I have a fair number of black jeans in my closet, but I’d add this raw hem pair to the pack as a subtle, fun change. Mules: I am jonsing on these low-heeled shoes. These are also an easy weekend to work week addition to any closet.

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Shirt, Overalls, Shoes

Shirt: Chambray is still one of my weekend go-tos. It’s comfortable, stain resistant, and pairs well with most bottoms. This top will be perfect for serving pie and ice cream at Swiss Days or spending the morning at your kiddos favorite playground. Overalls: If you’ve followed my blog for a while you know that I can’t resist a good pair of overalls, see HERE and HERE. Shoes: If I could justify another pair of sneakers these would be the ones. I love the cognac suede. These kicks are as comfortable as they are cute. If you haven’t jumped on the sneaker band wagon these might be just the pair to take you there.

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Watch, Earrings, Sunglasses, Bandana

What’s a good outfit without complimentary accessories? Here are a few of my current favorites. Watch: I’ve been looking for a super simple every day watch. I’ll be wearing this for the work week and weekend. Earrings: Sometimes adding edgy extras brings just the right point-of-interest to an outfit. These earrings are an easy addition to any ensemble. Sunglasses: This pair of sunnies is still in my weekly rotation. Sometimes the classics– reach Ray-Ban Clubmaster– with a twist– meaning the crazy tortoise patters– are just the right amount of pop.

Cheat Sheet: Packing My Carry On to NYC

When prepping to pack for New York City I wanted to be sure I ended up with carry on luggage only. No need to tote your entire wardrobe across the country. Plus, I knew that part of our trip would definitely include some shopping; so if I went light, I’d be able to have room for some fun NYC finds.

 

Here’s what I ended up packing for five nights and six days in the Big Apple!!

Let’s start with the contents of my personal item. I opted for this medium sized Louis Vuitton tote— the sweetest “first year of teaching” gift from my husband. I really only need my wallet, sunglasses, makeup, and most importantly reading material! For my trip to NYC I’m taking along a digital copy of Holl and Lane Magazine.

Holl and Lane is a magazine dedicated to sharing stories that enrich our understanding of one another. This month’s issue focuses on mental health and destigmatizing aspects of mental illness that have often caused a gulf or separation between those suffering from mental illnesses and those who have a hard time understanding the reality of these diseases and disorders. It has been a refreshing read so far. Check them out HERE!

In terms of what to wear, I packed four easy outfits and one perfect party dress. I plan on wearing this plaid frock to Hamilton, and honestly cannot wait for the chance to take in a Broadway show. It’s been a few years (like almost eight years since I saw Wicked on Broadway). Below are my outfit picks for this trip (all linked below).

Instagram overload may be in order this time around, and I’ll be linking these travel outfit ideas on Pinterest, as well! Happy Wednesday, humans.

XX, Megan

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Garlic Shrimp with Cherry Tomatoes

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This reciep posted last week, and I admit that it went to press completely unedited– no pictures, no commentary, nothing other than the recipe. I am updating it now because it really is SUCH a wonderful meal. I thought about taking the post down. I’ve never let anything publish on my blog that wasn’t written and edited before.

But this time I thought, “You know what, this is real life. Real time.” I.e. NO TIME! 🙂 And I let the article stay put. Now, a week later, I am showing up to add the appropriate photos, links, and this little blurb about my whoops!

This dinner was another Six O’clock Scramble* win? It was enjoyed by one and all. If I were to make it again, I might try it with the parmesan, as that would take it to a whole new delicious level. Beyond this dinner, thank you for reading, following, commenting, and supporting my little blog. I am still very much enjoying my tiny corner of the internet! Have a great Monday!!

XX, Megan

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb. large shrimp (preferably US or Canadian farmed or wild shrimp), peeled and deveined, thoroughly dried
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic, (4 – 6 cloves)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved and seeded (poke out seeds with your thumb after halving)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt, or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper, or to taste
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped, or use basil
  • 2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
 Directions:

In a large heavy skillet, heat the butter and oil over medium heat. When the butter is bubbling, add the shrimp in a single layer and sauté them for about 2 minutes per side until they are pink and opaque throughout. (Meanwhile, prepare the green beans, if you are serving them.)

Add the garlic, tomatoes, salt and pepper, and cook everything for 2 – 3 more minutes, until the tomatoes start to soften. Stir in the parsley (or basil), Parmesan cheese (optional), and toss until the shrimp and tomatoes are nicely coated. Serve immediately.

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*The Six O’Clock Scramble is a meal planning service to which you can subscribe here. For a fantastic price you will receive 8 weekly meals which means 8 recipes (main course plus a side dish), complete grocery list, the ability to tweak the number of people you are making for, and full nutrition facts.

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Celebrating Stripes! #nationalstripesday

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Who has two bell sleeves and is excited about National Stripes Day?!? This gal! You didn’t think I would let #nationalstripesday pass me by, did you?!? I’m fully on board with this made-up holiday. Beyond the STRIPES, I hope you have a BEAUTIFUL Friday!!

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