PERSONAL STYLE

EVERLANE: ONE ETHICAL BRAND YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

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Hope you’re well! You guys, this is my second blog post this month and it’s only day 12. I’d say that I’m on a roll! Ha. What I plan to start doing more is focusing on creating more lifestyle content while still staying in the fashion lane. Starting with this post about this brand that I recently found out about, and now LOVE. This post is not sponsored, I just want to share with you where I’m currently shopping, and what I’m into. Everlane is a lifestyle clothing brand that focuses on quality modern basics. They partner with the best ethical factories around the world, all while sourcing the absolute best materials and fabrics. What I love about this brand, is that they aim to tell a story with a breakdown of the legitimate cost of every single product.

WHAT I’M WEARING:

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Although I was surprised to find that this cardigan was only 73% cotton, it truly is the softest and most comfortable cardigan I have ever felt. It has a slight stretch to it, slightly cropped, with 3 large tortoise buttons, and a larger ribbed knit detail. It’s very chunky but still feels lightweight enough to wear during the Spring. I paired mine with jeans, but you can totally pull this off with a skirt or shorts as well. It will definitely be a new staple in my closet as I never really wear cardigans. I might even style this over a strappy silk slip dress. This cardigan was produced in Fujian, China.

Click here to see the factory where this cardigan was made.

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These jeans are super duper stretchy and fit like a glove! I went down a size in these after reading the reviews on how the fit feels with time and multiple wears. I’m a sucker for a great pair of high-rise jeans and the 4 button details just does it all for me. They are available in “ankle” or “regular” length with a form-flattering fit. Made with renewable energy resources, these jeans are 77% cotton, 17% modal, and 4% other - produced in Bien Hoa, Vietnam.

Click here to see the factory where these jeans were made.

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Now I never, ever thought that I would be attracted to a shoe style like this one, but needless to say - I frickin’ love these. Honestly. These are like flats, but with a walkable 2-inch block/stacked heel. They are called the “Day Heel” because you can literally wear them #AllDamnDay (a hashtag they actually use) without the discomfort of wearing regular heels for hours at a time. These are 100% Italian leather and are available in 6 different colors. I was skeptical about what size to order because they are extremely buttery soft so I didn’t want them to be too tight. I got my true size and they fit perfectly. The color I’m wearing is Pecan and it’s the perfect neutral shade for my skin tone! I like the fact that you can wear these with jeans, dresses, or skirts and can be worn day or night. They also make The Day Boot, The Day Glove flat + many other styles worth checking out including the Day Heel Higher Heel (a higher heeled version.) These shoes were produced in Montopoli in Val D’Arno, Italy.

Click here to see the factory where these shoes were made.

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A SUMMER EDIT: THE EASE OF WEARING DRESSES

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You might have seen me talk about how I couldn't get over wearing so much linen this summer. It's true. Linen is just one of those staple fabrics that you cannot avoid during the warmer months. I think I purchased around 7 or 8 pieces over the summer that are made of linen. The only pain is that it wrinkles way too easy. But that's okay, my trick for that is riding in the car with my seatbelt uncomfortably fastened or sitting in a weird position until I get out of the car. You gotta do what you gotta do sometimes. Let's talk about this dress though! I scored this dress from Free People a few months ago - which is now on sale.  At first I was worried about how low cut it was when I saw it on the website, but after I tried it on I used the wrap tie to make it appear a little less revealing in the front. When I say this is the most comfortable dress, believe it. The fabric is indeed very lightweight and breathable. 

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Dress: Free People via Lulus // Sunglasses: Topshop // Shoes: Madewell (old) Similar here  // Necklaces: "Oui" Necklace - Natalie B Jewelry / Palm Tree Necklace: Shami Official similar here

I did lots of moving around (and sweating in this dress as you can tell) I can say honestly this this is one of my favorite additions to my summer wardrobe. I just wish I could wear it more often! It has a full length button-down detail, but I left it halfway unbuttoned for a lil' leg action. Ha. The thing that I love about a versatile dress is the fact that you can wear it into the fall. You can layer with a nice suede cropped moto jacket, or even a darker denim jacket with an ankle boot to complete your look if your cooler fall weather comes sooner than our fall in Texas. If you have noticed that I linked the same dress a few times, it's because you might find that it is sold out in multiple sizes, but might be available at another one of the linked retailers in a different size. What is one of your summer must-have wardrobe essentials? Let me know in the comments!

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photos by: Stephania Campos

 

CONNECTING THE DOTS

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With the weather being how it is here in Houston at this point, I'd say that we skipped right on over Spring and Straight into Summer. It has been so dang hot lately (higher 90's-100)  I barely want to spend time hanging outside during the day! Lately, I have been spending more evenings on my back porch with my dogs while eating watermelon, listening to music, and/or reading with a glass of wine or chilled rosé in hand. These types of days (especially on a Sunday) just make me so happy. On Sunday I literally spent about 5 hours in the backyard under some shade of course and enjoyed every bit of that time. 

 
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Top: ASOS Emory Park Tie Front Long Sleeve / Pants: J-Brand Joan High-Rise Wide-Leg Crop / Earrings: Zara (similar here, hereand here) / Bag: Zara (similar here) / Mules: Steve Madden (similar here) / Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters (similar here) / Red lip: NARS Powermatte lip pigment "Starwoman"

 

If you follow me on the 'Gram, then you probably already saw in my caption on the first photo that I posted from this blog post about how I am so into linen for this Spring/Summer. This top that I am wearing here isn't really linen, it just feels like it. I was sold on the detailing. Double tie-knots, cropped, AND comfortable. May I add that it's also currently on sale?! And when have polka dots ever gone out of style? Never! Lately I have been adding lots of linen pieces like this particular dress, and this top (which is now sold out - but could restock) to my list of what I'd like to wear soon. I couldn't help but to wear this polka dot top with a pair of white denim like these Joan high rise wide-leg cropped from J-Brand. I actually pictured this entire outfit in my head before I even bought the pants. Does anyone else do that? If you click the link and view the pants on the website, you can see that the hem isn't raw. Well, I love the look of  raw hem jeans a little bit better so I cut them myself! Yes, I was brave enough to take the risk and tailor them to my liking even though they were pretty pricey. But OH so worth it. I'm sure that I'll wear the heck out of these until Labor Day when the rule "says" that you should stop wearing white. Who cares? I'd wear these pants in the Winter with an ivory or white sweater and call it my Winter white look. What fashion-dares have you considered/done? Let me know your thoughts! Thank you so much for reading! You could be any place on the web, but you're here with me. <3

Photos by Stephania Campos

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ALL ABOUT TOPSHOP DENIM

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Denim has always been one of my main my go-to wardrobe pieces for any type of occasion. Yep, I love to wear denim when I want to be casual/comfortable, and even when I want to wear a dressy top with denim. You just can't go wrong with denim jeans! I don't know about you all, but when I find a really good pair of jeans that I love, I literally hold on to them for years. I still wear a pair of jeans that I got about 7 years ago. Not all jeans will last a long time though. You have to find the right fit, and the right quality - if you care. I recently got rid of a few pairs of old jeans because lately, I've been investing in higher quality pairs. Thanking myself now. On another note - I've always had an issue with finding the perfect fit because of my small waist and slightly curvy lil' bum. Thanks, Mom! But I love it. So when Topshop x Stylinity reached out for a denim collaboration, I was super excited because not only was it was right up my alley, but it was time to try out a different brand for denim that I hadn't tried before. 

Have any of you ever worn Topshop denim? I am now in love. First of all; COST. For as nice as the quality is, Topshop denim is affordable for everyone! Starting at $65+, and with a wide range of fits you can find your perfect pair for sure. Sizes start from 24-36 with options for petite, regular, tall, and maternity. One for all! Literally. Personally, I love a high-waist fit with a cropped ankle. In this first look - my denim style is the MOTO Indigo Clean Rinse Straight. I got them with a longer length just so I can have the option to roll the ankle or wear them longer for a looser fit look. Considering trying Topshop denim? I'd say that you wouldn't be disappointed! If you have a pair of Topshop denim already, what are your favorite fits? I think my next pair that I plan on purchasing will be the Jamie! Follow me on IG (@imgoodlikemeghan) to stay updated with my next Topshop denim look! Shop this look here! Since you are so kind to read this post, here are some discount coupons from Topshop!

Photos by: Kaye McCoy of - Cookayemonster

 

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LOOK 1: Asymmetric Button Down Shirt

MOTO Indigo Clean Rinse Straight

 

 

GINGHAM STYLE

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Ahhhhh, LA. Y'all probably know by now that it's by favorite place to be. I was there a few weeks ago only for a couple of days after we drove from Las Vegas celebrating Des' birthday weekend. I know I have been sort of M.I.A. but I am moving! Forgive me. You know how busy and stressful moving can be so it has been tying me up along with daily work. (I'm trying to stop making excuses but sheeeesh) it's been hectic! But anyway, hope you guys are well! We only spent 3 days in LA but we certainly made the most of it while we could! Visited with my high school friend Yvette, shopped around the Grove around a bit, strolled Abbot Kinney Blvd, Melrose, Venice Beach, and ate....a lot. New favorite healthy lunch spot - The Butcher's Daughter Venice. They have a spicy kale caesar salad that is off the chaaaaiiiin. Of course I had to squeeze in some time to take a few photos of my outfits that I wore while there. In LA we always walk a lot so I've learned my lesson by bringing comfortable shoes for almost everyday. The weather is just about perfect, so I opted for this gingham dress from Lulu's and paired it with these Gazelle Adidas for a sporty look. It can be kind of chilly during the day so I had a denim jacket on hand when I needed it. What pieces are you looking forward to wearing for Spring/Summer? I'm looking forward to wearing more sneakers with casual-chic outfits!

Photos by: Cookayemonster

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WHY YOU NEED A LEOPARD COAT NOW

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Happy Friday everyone! Can you believe that January is finally over? It seems like I'm not the only one who felt like January took his sweet ol' time. It was the lonnnnnnnngest month everrrrr. Exaggeration much needed there.  I got a lot of things done, and I have a lot of exciting things coming up! Just a random thought: I am so thankful for life. If you are breathing you should be too. Life is too short to take for granted and could be taken away at any moment. So love those around you. 

Okay, about this leopard coat. When I tell you I have been on the hunt for a leopard coat for a YEAR now, I'm not kidding. So, I tried to find a good one that I loved last year, but I never found the right one. Either the print was not too cute, too shiny, or sold out. Story of my life right. Every year, Zara comes out with a leopard coat and they sell out within a few weeks and then you can't find it anywhere. The good thing is, leopard coats never ever ever go out of style! So you can buy one when Winter is over (most likely on sale) and then save it for the following year. Recently this past Fall, I ordered two leopard coats that I had to return because I didn't like the type of leopard print. Does that make sense? I wanted one so bad so I just waited it out until I found another one that I loved. Once again, Zara came out with another one this year which didn't last very long and I got it! I got lucky because it was the last one in store, on SALE. Major score. 

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So here's why you need a leopard coat in your life: 

A.  Leopard coats can make just about any outfit come alive. You don't have to just wear matchy matchy black outfits. (I did because that's what I wanted to wear that day haha) You can wear different prints like stripes, or graphic print t-shirts for a more casual but well put-together look. 

B.  Again, leopard coats never go out of style. As I mentioned before - they were pretty popular around last year, the year before, and now. Depending on where you live, you can rock a faux fur coat a couple times throughout the year (unless you live in Texas like me.) I just love how versatile you can get with a leopard coat. 

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Leopard Coat: Zara (sold out, similar linked below) // Black Turtleneck: Urban Outfitters // Jeans: J Brand // Booties: Vince Camuto // Bag: Zara (old)

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Thanks so much for reading babes! We have 6 more weeks of Winter! What are your favorite pieces that you will be wearing until Spring? Also, if you haven't already, you can follow me in the LIKEtoKNOW.it app and shop my looks easily by a screenshot! <3

 

CORDUROY TROUSERS

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Corduroy anything just feels so comfortable especially if the piece is lightweight. I remember wearing corduroy outfits when I was a little girl (loved it then) and still wearing corduroy 20 plus years later. This culotte pair from Zara was such a good find! The rust color with the 70's zipper pull is what sold me. I've always loved good neutrals because you can honestly never go wrong when mixing and matching with different outfits. I feel like my style has become more and more relaxed lately since I'm always on the go with a full-time job while trying to put in w e r k for this blog! That being said; I'm always shopping for things that I can wear multiple times, different ways, and that will last me for a long time. I can be guilty of buying "fast fashion" trendy pieces that I only wear once or twice. With the new year coming up - I'll be cleaning out my closet and getting rid of things I haven't worn or don't wear as much, and replacing those with staples that I won't get tired of and can be worn years from now. What are some of your must-haves in your closets?

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H&M SWEATER // ZARA CORDUROY CULOTTES // ZARA SUEDE ANKLE BOOTIES (OLD) SIMILAR // LOUIS VUITTON TOILETRY POUCH 26

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FALL WITH DYLAN WYLDE

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DYLAN WYLDE is a local women's fashion, accessories, and home goods boutique located in South Austin, TX. The selection of clothing is very fashionable, trendy, mixed with a bit of East coast + Austin vibes, and most importantly - affordable! DYLAN WYLDE is that one-stop-shop you can't help but want to spend all your money......on everything. Maybe that's not a bad thing. Before then, I visited the shop after just casually driving by on South Lamar during the Summer and fell in love with the space. I also met the owner - Jessica, who is literally just the most genuine and sweetest person ever!  I am so excited that I recently got the opportunity to team up with DYLAN WYLDE to put together three looks for Fall to share with you guys! 

 
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It was so hard to choose just three looks for this shoot. I wanted to try on and wear everything! Considering the fact that Fall doesn't really take us seriously in Texas, it was easier to choose multiple versatile pieces that could be worn all year long. For my first look; I chose this velvet balloon-sleeved cropped sweatshirt to pair with this fun printed pleated skirt because the colors worked so well together. I knew I wanted to wear this crushed velvet top, and I also wanted to create a unique look so I asked for Jessica's opinions on a few bottoms. She suggested this skirt which was perfect since the colors of the prints were so on point with the top. It was only half-way through shooting this look when I spotted a must-have belt to fully complete. 

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For my second look, I picked a long denim jacket as a staple piece and paired with it with this sheer embroidered top, and a ruffled leather mini skirt. As I mentioned before, Fall in Texas isn't very Fall-ish so you can pretty much get by wearing skirts and short boots the entire season. In the morning - you can take advantage of the sweater weather, and by the afternoon you'll be wearing your undershirt (which I don't wear, so I'd be S.O.L.) I do think that leather skirts are another staple that can be worn all year long because you have so many ways that you can style them. With t-shirts, tanks, crop-tops, sweaters, jackets, etc. You can't go wrong with a velvet bootie either. I scored this pair from Steve Madden last year when velvet anything was the current-craze. I would say that it still is..

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For my third and final look......can we just talk about these metallic pinstriped pants? I immediately gravitated towards them because they are so good. You can't tell in the photos but the pinstripes have gold, bronze, and silver detailing. Obsessed. I paired them with this glittery metallic-bronze cropped top and an oversized long-line blazer. I love this look simply because our weather can be versatile, all well as this outfit. If it randomly got warmer during the day, you can remove the blazer and still look polished and put together. This blazer is another statement piece that you can throw over almost anything to dress up (over a dress), or create more of a casual-chic look paired with denim and sneakers. 

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What did you guys think of these looks? Which one was your favorite? I loved every single look, but my absolute favorite was the very first look! I just had to have that long-sleeved velvet cropped top.  You can currently shop all of these pieces at DYLAN WYDLE and tell them Meghan sent you!

DYLAN WYLDE: 2324 S Lamar Blvd Ste. B Austin, TX 78704

Not a sponsored post, just for collaboration only. All images by Julia Soniat

Shop booties that I wore (not from DYLAN WYLDE) below: