Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 Round Up (Pic Heavy)



 Wow! What a year! 15 outfits to summarize a year of trial and error, challenges and learning, new friends and old. Click on any photo to take you to the original post, or just enjoy the year as a whole. There are many more outfits that I would label a favorite, and it was hard only narrowing it down to 15. (Impossible to narrow to 12)

Thank you to everyone who has commented, followed, emailed, snail-mailed, swapped and generally made what Megan Mae Daily is today. I hope you decide to stick around and let me get to know you all better in 2012.

And in the interest of getting to know me better - what do you want to see more of in the new year? More Sew Sundays? Shoe Days? Fashion Challenges? Polyvore? How-to-wears? Please leave suggestions in the comments and I'll do my best to make it happen!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Midnight Blue

Blouse - Old Navy
Skirt, belt - thrifted
Socks - gift from Ally
Clinic boots - Jeffery Campbell

The temps are temporarily up. So I decided to pull out one of the thin tops I picked up. These will be great in the cooler days of summer. I actually bought this blouse in two colorways, I just wish they had this one in the size I needed, but I loved the navy so much I got it anyway. The socks were a Christmas gift from Ally. I've actually worn them a ton already, under tall boots, but I wanted to show them off today with my clinic boots. Does owning a pair of Jeffrey Campbell's make me a real blogger now? Lol.

Today I will be sewing a pair of swim-shorts for my birthday-hopeful idea. I will also be writing up a yearly round-up post to go live on Sunday. Finally time to get on the ball with some of my to-do list!

(Or maybe just spend the rest of the day playing Terraria, same thing right?)

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Around the Corner

Cardigan - Rugged Warehouse
Blouse - Old Navy
Trousers, Belt - thrifted
Amelia boots - Miz Mooz

Please ignore the half-wet hair today. D forgot he had an appointment this afternoon so we left in a hurry. Thankfully I have a couple of days worth of outfits planned and grabbed this off the shelf. The trousers are more of a summer weight, but I love their flight-suit like look.

The blouse is new thanks to a giftcard from my uncle. It reminded me a bit of Anthro stuff - only with the Old Navy price. I picked up four new tops from Old Navy, and still had $6 left on the card. I paid it forward though and gave the girl behind me in line the rest of the card. (I'm not much of a retail shopper)

Can you believe the new year is just around the corner? I feel so out of sorts! I'm very excited for 2012 though.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Go with the Lull

Top - La Belle, thrifted
Sweater - NY&Co, gift
Jeans - Joe's Jeans, thrifted
Hepat Boots - Tsubo

Like most people, I'm feeling the lull of the holidays. The New Year is on its way and soon after my birthday. I'm attempting to make plans, but it's always hard to do in the wake of the holidays. I'm eternally jealous of those with summer birthdays for their possibilities when it comes to celebrating. Instead of pushing it too much, too fast this year and winding up disappointed, I'm trying to go along with the ups and downs.

D and I have rented Lego: Pirates of the Caribbean and purchased You Don't Know Jack outright. I've got a long list of reading to catch up on, and Season 3 of Castle to watch. In addition to a lack of scheduled stuff, we've overstuffed on delicious, meaty, carb-laden Christmas foods. So today we headed out to the store and picked up a bunch of fresh veggies to have a veg night in.

This was my outfit for the jaunt to the store. I have been meaning to try these Hepat boots out in a different way. Since I've had the pirate-y influence lately, I scrunched them down and folded over the top. I'm not sure it's my favorite look, but I like the possibility.

What are you doing in the wake of the holidays?

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Get up and go-ers

 Sweater, Necklace, Coat - thrifted
Layering (Godiva) Tank - All Saints
Jeans - The Limited, thrifted
Boots - Frye, ebay
Cat Hat - Target, gift

I love when my brother is in town because we're both "go" people. We do so much, I haven't been home at midnight since the 23rd. We shopped, ate, watched movies, even priced my tattoo (gotta make an appointment though! I hoped for a walk-in, but I'm going to need to save up). I'm sad he had to go back home, but we had such a great Christmas. Now I get to look forward to my birthday coming up in a couple of weeks!

Today is to be a rest and recoup day, except for a quick excursion to the post office (Sheila and Keely, keep an eye on your mailboxes!). It's rainy, wet and looking like snow. I bundled up in lots of layers and furry stuff, including my new hat from Mom! It pairs awesomely with my thrifted fur coat. Unfortunately I've been leaning heavily on jeans/trouser based outfits since it's gotten so cold.

What you can't see from this outfit is my socks. My MIL gifted me two pairs of merino wool socks that are the dreamiest things to ever grace my feet. She bought them at a tractor supply store of all places. I've got intentions of getting more.

Boxing Day 2011


Cardigan - Elle, christmas gift
 Tee - Theme, thrifted
Jeggings - Mossimo, thrifted
Belt - thrifted
Sneakers - Chuck Taylors

Every year my calendar informs me that December 26th is Boxing Day (in Canada). And every year I wiki it to remember what it is. What it means to me? Shopping Day.

I spent my Christmas Eve with the hubs, two friends, and my brother. We exchanged gifts and had a really great time eating at Waffle House (only place open!) and playing You Don't Know Jack.

Christmas Day was spent waking up at the in-laws and opening gifts. Eating breakfast there. Then I visited my mom for lunch. My brother came to pick me up for our annual movie night (Sherlock Holmes 2, again - seriously go see it). We also went out for a couple of drinks and appetizers before hand at TGI Fridays and spent a few hours talking and catching up.

So after many days of eating too much, not sleeping enough, and lots and lots of visiting. I had a very excellent Christmas and received many thoughtful and much appreciated gifts. But now I'm happy to head out into the fray and spend my gift cards.

This post is beyond late because when my brother is in town we run around and have lots of fun - hijinks ensue. We hit the stores, grabbed food, went through boxes of old family photos - me not remembering half of them, and generally catching up. He's headed back home, so hopefully I will catch up on the blog reading and posting as the week progresses.

(If you celebrate) How was your Christmas/Festivus/Winter Holiday of Choice?

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Happy Christmas

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Festive Festivus, or whatever you choose to celebrate. Hope you can spend today with family and friends.
MEOWHOHOHO,
Christmas Cat

Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Christmas 2011

 Sweater - Jones Sport, thrifted
Jeans - Divided, thrifted
Clinic Boots - Jeffrey Campbell
Necklace - gift from Keely

Happy Christmas, everyone!This is the last post from me until Monday. I plan to spend too much time playing You Don't Know Jack, hanging with friends and family and eating way too much food. I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday no matter what you celebrate. 


I couldn't wait another day to wear my Christmas gift - Jeffrey Campbell Clinic boots! Omg, I'm so crazy in love with these. I think they even beat out my Alice + Olivia boots because these are more comfortable and will be easy to rock come warmer months. I'm desperately hoping they re-release these in white. I'm keeping my ebay-eyes peeled in the mean time. These boots are just so freaking cool and comfy. You can catch a close up of these delicious boots below. The boots are modeling my kitty-eared winter hat my mom got me for Christmas.


Happy Holidays!
See you on Monday.


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Party 2011

  Sweater - Etoile, thrifted
Sheer blouse - Ann Taylor, altered, thrifted
Plaid Pants - Old Navy, thrifted
Oxfords - Eject
Star earrings - gift from Keely


D and I were invited to my chef-uncle's Christmas party this year. When planning out my outfits this week, I knew this would be a perfect outfit. I've been hunting a sheer blouse since summer. Unfortunately I'm quite picky about fiber content. So when I found this XL women's long sleeve cotton shirt, it was perfect. I removed the sleeves, took in the body and added some buttons.

I also realized that a sheer blouse had more versatility than I realized. My newest obsession has been layering collared shirts under sweaters. This polka dot blouse is a little different than most dotted shirts. The spacing really appealed to me.

Also I realized I haven't had any doodles on the blog for awhile. So I decided to remedy that today!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Elementary

Hat - Target
Cardigan - Rugged Warehouse
Cards Tee - thrifted
Olive skinnies - Joe's Jeans, thrifted
Spatty boots - faryl robin, ebay
Harness - Audra Jean

What happens when you're going to see the newest Sherlock and you can't decide what neutral you're going to wear for the day? Logic says? All of them. And throw a harness on it. I wish I had invested in a few of these cardigans in a few colors. Especially with how mild our seasons have been. It's 60 freaking degrees in the middle of December. So very strange.

If you've been watching me for any length of time - I'm a total Sherlock nerd. I'm eagerly awaiting BBC's next installment of Sherlock, but the Hollywood movie will help to tide things over for now. Are you enjoying your winter holidays? Mine are off to a rolling start.


I do want to give a shout out to Ee of EEK! for giving me the Liebster blog award.

Liebster means "dearest" in German, and this award is given to bloggers with fewer than 200 followers. The stipulations of the award are as follows:

1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you. [ Thanks, Ee! ]
2. Reveal your 5 blogger picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Hope that the people you have sent the award to will forward it to their favorite bloggers.

My Picks:
Frannie Pantz
Casual Chic Kiki
Cara's Closet
SheAccessorizesWell
aaand the newest blog on my radar The Fashionable Bureaucrat

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Our Beautiful Selves

Jacket - Sisley, thrifted
Tee - Banana Republic, thrifted
Skirt - All Saints
Tights - Anna Sui
Mary Janes - vintage restored

“[Body Image Issues are] an intrinsic part of being a woman. Every woman in the world has some part of herself that she absolutely hates. Her hands are too small, her feet are too big, her hair’s too straight, too curly, her ears stick out, her butt’s too flat, her nose is too big, and you know, Nothing you [men] can say will change how we feel. What men don’t understand is, the right clothes, the right shoes, the right makeup just – It hides the flaws we think we have. They make us look beautiful to ourselves. That’s what makes us look beautiful to others.”  
―Martha Rogers, Castle season 1 episode 10

Monday, December 19, 2011

Overcoming

 Fur Coat - thrifted
Cashmere Sweater - Old Navy, thrifted
Trousers  -  Willi Smith, thrifted
Amelia Boots - Miz Mooz
Buttonflowers - DIY
Bracelet  - gift
Cow head Watch - chickfila

I spent all weekend sick. I did way too much running around in the rain/cold last week. However lots of rest, cold meds, and a marathon of Castle got me out of the house this morning for some last minute shopping. D and I also grabbed lunch since I'm still getting tired really quickly. I got a kids meal at Chick-fil-a and it came with this ridiculously amazing cow head watch. It's borderline morbid. Needless to say, I am totally wearing it around.

The rest of my outfit was planning around my buttonflower cluster. This cashmere sweater is cozy, but a bit plain. I dressed it up last time with one buttonflower, but this time I wanted to try my cluster idea. I wore my plush fur coat, but it was actually too warm for both wool and fur. Not my favorite outfit ever, but it kept me warm and comfortable.

Hopefully I'll be on the mend fully by Wednesday. I've got a wonderfully busy holiday planned. Mom's birthday is Wednesday, my uncle and grandparents are having a party Thursday, Saturday with friends and Sunday with my immediate family. Friday is still open, but I'm hoping to find something to fill that day.

Head over to Keely's blog today to see our latest Fashion Challenge Round Up!



Friday, December 16, 2011

Off the Wagon

 
Sweater - vintage, etsy
Shirt - NY&Co
Jeggings - Mossimo, thrifted
Hepat Boots - Tsubo
Earrings - gift from Keely

Wow, what a 48 hours! I have been incredibly busy since school ended. Yesterday I was at my Mom's. She and my grandmother took me to the dentist. I've been without insurance for a few years, so it's been awhile. But I got a clean bill of health. So far, I don't even have to have my wisdom teeth out. I also was able to tell the family the great news of maintaining my grades for another semester. I picked up my newly repaired shoes (Thanks, Ally!), did way too much laundry, and even had dinner with a classmate of mine. Now I'm reading to fall over for the weekend and sleep in.

Make up and earrings
Full admission ... I shopped. I did pretty well not spending over Thanksgiving/Black Friday Weekend, but I wound up in Goodwill yesterday with full intent on breaking the no-shopping-at-all ban. I did some celebratory spending because of all my good news. I'm not beating myself up, because I was already prepared to drop the ban until after my birthday. For those who have been commiserating with me, stay strong in your own shopping bans!

Now to talk about my outfit for today (which inevitably means describing the weather). We had a 30 degree drop overnight. Living in TN makes for some weird weather patterns. So I layered up my collared shirt with my star sweater for extra warmth. I kept the palette dark to avoid looking too preppy. The outfit was based around these earrings that the lovely Keely sent me for Christmas. She also sent me a lovely star necklace. Does she rock or what?! Thanks, Keely.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Reverse it!


 Blouse - Citrine, thrifted
Jeans - the limited, thrifted
Boots - All Saints, ebay
Headband - DIY

I couldn't find the last time I wore this top on the blog! I have no idea why because I adore it. I usually hate wrist exposing shirts, but something about the shape of this feels so easy and retro. I took inspiration from yesterday's outfit and mixed it up into today's..I'm really digging the warm weather.

Can you believe Christmas is barely more than a week away? I'm making plans left and right and have no idea how I'll get everything done. Much less start planning for my birthday in January! I hope it doesn't turn bitterly cold by then.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Denim Blazer

 Leather cuffs as headband - target
Denim blazer - Rave, thrifted
Tank - All Saints
Jeans - Divided, thrifted
Flats - BOC, ebay

Freaky weather. It is a sublime 64F right now. Which means I get to pull out this denim blazer that has yet to be worn on the blog. Actually this is another husband-created outfit. I added the accessories and socks, but the core outfit was his idea. This denim blazer was a great fit - and only 99p when I got it. I have struggled to style it (at least for colder weather, I can think of 70 spring based outfits right this second).

Hubs suggested red pants, flats, and a "light colored top". I vetoed my lace top, another All Saints top and a purple tank... before settling on this All Saint tank. I nearly got rid of this because the trapeze shape isn't flattering alone and doesn't lend well to belting, but it's quickly becoming a favorite layering piece.

I will be absent from the blog world for the next two days. I have some scheduled posts ready to go, but I'm visiting family and won't have internet access (other than email via phone).

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

You lookin' at me, Hombre?

 Sweater - All Saints
Skirt - The Limited, thrifted
Boots - Eject
Tights - Sockdreams

I was so frustrated with yesterday's outfit! I couldn't put a finger on what exactly I didn't like, but as much as I wasn't happy with yesterday - I LOVE today. I had planned on leaving this skirt packed away until summer.. and I planned to shorten it. But throwing around things trying to plan for this week, the hubs told me to pair my "fluffy star sweater" with this skirt and my purple boots. Does he have good ideas or what?!

I love the double ombre effect. I swear the skirt is less neon pink in real life, but it is pretty loud. It was originally purchased with my dear friend Eek in mind. She wears pink like a bad ass. I went without any more accessories than some eyeliner and one bracelet (on the hidden wrist, grr! I always do that). The last time I wore this sweater it was so itchy I had to wear an undershirt. I think it just has to be cold enough to wear it because I'm not having any issues today.


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Fashion Challenge: Pop of Color

Cardigan - Christian Dior, thrifted, altered
Tee - GAP, thrifted
Jeans - Mossimo, thrifted newstock
Boots - Fluevog, ebay

Finally! Color! I am so happy to be able to finally share this score. This lovely sweater is my second thrifted Christian Dior item ($5!). I found it while scanning the men's department for teh hubs, but I knew he wouldn't wear this. But I couldn't leave it! So I logically brought it home and waited until I had enough projects built up to pull out my machine and take it up. It's a thinner knit acrylic so I figured it couldn't hurt to take it in. I cut off a bunch from the bottom, the sides and the cuffs of the arms. It still has the slouchy grandpa cardigan look, but in a much more flattering shape.

Cardigan "Before"
I paired it with two of my favorite neutral items: Dark wash skinny jeans and this gradient grey tee. I wore my Vogs to combat the preppy feeling of the cardigan.

Thanks everyone for a wonderful week. Don't forget to visit everyone and see their neutral outfits for all week. Participants please remember to send Keely [kkmkreations[at]live[dot]com] your favorite outfit from your week to be included in the round up. Thanks!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Fashion Challenge: Navy

 Tee - GAP, gift
Blouse - All Saints
Silk Skirt, Shoes - Vintage
Tights - Anna Sui

Aaaand our last neutral for the week: Navy! An excellent color that is vastly unrepresented in my wardrobe. I was originally drawn to this navy blouse because of it's super saturated undertones. I've had enough lack of color so I finally pulled this skirt (that really needs to be ironed) and bright tights.

I also carefully wore these vintage flats. They're beeeeaaautiful, but they desperately need a trip to the cobbler. The out-soles are very slick, the heels need new caps, and the insole is completely detached. (Not to mention the "vintage smell") The leather itself is in beautiful condition for the age though, and they fit like a dream. Unfortunately they'll probably go back up until I can take them for the repairs they'll need. I look forward to wearing them come spring.

As Wendy B put it in my comments, I'm feeling much more "in the pink" today. I've seen many people feeling under the weather though - so a friendly reminder to take your vitamins and don't forget to rest! Thanks to everyone for the well-wishing.

We're nearing the end of an incredible Fashion Challenge. Please do check out all our lovely participants. Participants: Don't forget tomorrow is "Pop of Color" - Hopefully we can infuse some color back into our week. Also please remember to send Keely [kkmkreations[at]live[dot]com] your favorite outfit from your week to be included in the round up. Thanks!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Fashion Challenge: Cogn-what?

 Dress - All Saints
Coat - thrifted
Sweater - C&A, thrifted
Tights - Sockdreams
Boots - Faryl Robin, ebay
Cuff - Icing

Aaah, Cognac. One of summer's trendiest shades. One of the orange-brown shades that make a great neutral. And one of the few neutrals I do not partake in. I just don't often get drawn to the brown shade. I have two things that could possibly qualify as cognac. The leather parts on these faryl robin boots, and these Frye flats.

Instead of cognac, I decided to pull out my favorite white dress and layer it with this cropped sweater I thrifted a couple Super Saturday's ago. I kept passing it up during my normal thrifting, but at a $2 I couldn't leave it. Speaking of not-leaving, I thrifted another fur coat not too long before the ban. This one is even heavier than the black one (turned vest). So it hasn't made it out of the closet until today. Today is freaking cold! But I felt glamorous today.

Participants of Neutrals Week! Please remember to send Keely [kkmkreations[at]live[dot]com] your favorite outfit from your week to be included in the round up. Thanks!


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Fashion Challenge: Brown

 Tee - Route 66, thrifted
Cardigan - Rugged Warehouse
Trousers -Vigoss jeans, thrifted
Boots - Frye, ebay
Harness - Audra Jean

This was half of what I planned today. I swapped out my originally planned skirt for pants because Brr! All that rain left it chilly. After sleeping 14+ total hours yesterday, I feel much better. Still a bit sneezy, but not as bad. I believe my "cold" was really allergies from the doggie visitor we have for the week.

Now how could I do a brown outfit and not include my harness?! (The answer - I can't). My preference for browns tends to be toward those 'bitter' shades that are less saturated or super saturated bronze/cognac colors. I added in another favorite neutral - military grey-green. I never had this color in my closet until fairly recently, and managed to pick up three pieces of it in a short time! It's super versatile.

This outfit was worn out to mail Christmas cards/presents! A bit late, but with finals and last minute homework assignments I'm a bit behind this year. Have you sent out your holiday cards yet?


Participants of Neutrals Week! Please remember to send Keely [kkmkreations[at]live[dot]com] your favorite outfit from your week to be included in the round up. Thanks!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Fashion Challenge: Grey

Silk blouse - the Limited, thrifted
Sweater Dress - Mossimo, thrifted
Leggings - Walmart
Boots - All Saints, ebay
Chain belt - DIY

Grey, like the weather, like my mood. Like my current state of health. I'm feeling very grey today. I dressed up my favorite sweater dress with my grey-blue snake print silk blouse. Silk is great for underlayers. It's warm, but thin. Admittedly, I only wore this to run grab some potato soup from my favorite lunch place. I brought the soup home, kicked off my boots, added some leftover broccoli to the soup for the vitamins and plan to spend the rest of the day reading blogs and sleeping.

I was featured today over at Australian based blog, Stylish Thoughts. Go check out the interview conducted by the super sweet Imogen!

Also while you're at it, why not give our fabulous Fashion Challenge participants a gander. Give them some love for stylin' it up.

Edited to add: isn't it wild how green our grass still is!? 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Fashion Challenge: Black

 Tee - thrifted
Skirt - IZ Byer, thrifted
Sweater - NY&Co, gift
Tights - Target, gift
Boots - Alice + Olivia for Payless, ebay

Welcome to Neutrals Week, everyone! I'm happy to say we've got some newcomers this challenge, as well as some returning participants from past challenges. If you're new to the challenge or just came across this: Please feel free to sign up any time during this week to participate - It's not too late! For those participating, please give the list a peruse and say hi to some of your fellows!

This week is starting out with everyone's favorite comfort zone - black! Black is the neutral we all pull to feel slim, chic, and badass. I pulled some of my fav black pieces today and amped them up with some black argyle tights, silver snakeskin, and a thick sweater. It's absolutely pouring so I've got porch pictures today.

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I got photobombed by this little cutie. Her name is Daisy. She's my nephew's puppy whom we're dog sitting for the week. She's full of boundless puppy energy and is wiggly as can be.

I wish I could absorb some of that energy because I've got my last Monday class of the semester tonight. I'm looking forward to it, but I'm also extremely busy. Goodtimes!
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