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Lady & Like: A lifestyle blog for the ladylike, street-smart, and slightly sassy modern woman.
  • September 19, 2014 12:53 pm

    Bringing it Back

    I had one of those “mini life epiphanies” on Wednesday. It reminded me of why I chose to move to LA, why I went to India, and why I am living this year to the absolute fullest. I came across this quote this morning and it reminded me to keep my priorities in check. As much as I love design and styling and creating with people, I committed to making this year about conquering all of the lies in my head about the dreams that I’ve been dreaming since forever. 

    Taking time to slow down is so essential. I have been so caught up with life recently that I am loosing sight of my goals. On Wednesday, I was feeling pretty discouraged, and I realized that I needed to take time for myself. I need to schedule it in- voice lessons, writing sessions, even blog and Lady & Like time. They bring little lights into my life, and without them, I loose a little bit of who I am and who I want to become. 

    Make sure to keep your priorities in check. Get fed spiritually, get fed relationally, and get challenged creatively. Maybe you’re doing a good job of that, or, like me, maybe you’re on the ballot for the mayor of struggle city. Whatever it is, it’s never to late to bring it back to where it is supposed to be. 

    Have a good weekend, friends. :)

  • September 18, 2014 8:00 am

    Dress Up

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    Is having a personal style crisis common with cross country moves? Because I’ve changed outfits a zillion times every morning this week. “Crisis” is a bit extreme, though. I am confident in what I like and who I am, but I find that I like contrasting styles, and sometimes I just don’t feel like being a modern day Audrey, but that is all I can find in my wardrobe that day. 

    This week I’ve been dreaming up all kinds of fun modern-vintage looks. It doesn’t matter what decade, what style, or what side of the bed I woke up on, I will always love a feminine shift dress. Ergo: TOPSHOP. 

    We all know my deep appreciation for TOPSHOP, but are you seeing dress number four? Can I get an Amen? Pair it with a pair of black d’orsay flats, a playful ponytail and a fun lip color. #babealert

    What’s that? Ohhh, yes. That is the sweet, sweet sound of females everywhere singing TOPSHOP’s praises. 

  • September 15, 2014 8:00 am

    Hit The Ground Running

    Well, I made it! I hit the ground running these first two weeks in LA, and I have been playing catch-up. A lot of projects for work, Lady & Like (it’s getting bigger!) and more. 

    I can’t wait to share some of the photos of my trip with Emari across the US. New Mexico is truly one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. These are just a few we took along the way. More to come! 

    Also, here are just a few notes from the move thus far:

    Building Ikea furniture by yourself should be a millennial’s right of passage. Usually with a glass of wine or coffee. Pick your poison. 

    Los Angeles can, and should be, known as the “land of the hidden freeway entrances” (and also epically fast lane changes)

    The addition of Criminal Minds to Netflix is a gift to us all. Praise the Lord for split screen. 

    Someone (maybe myself) needs to develop a stellar and sexy app for tracking freelance hours. All of the ones out there are stuffy and cluttered. Developers welcome.

    I love being in a city where I can get juice all day e’ry day. These are my people. 

    Making new friends is an intentional process entirely up to you. Take the time. 

    Toddlers continue to remain the funniest humans out there. Keep on keepin' on, tiny humans. 

    The joy in that photo, though. What a beaut. 

  • August 18, 2014 9:00 am

    I’m Moving! (…Again)

    Following your dreams isn’t always glamorous.

    Sometimes it means quitting your job in March and using all of your savings so you can go to India for the Spring and teach to little ones that your heart longs to know. 

    Sometimes it means moving all of your things out of Boston and back into your parents home in Pennsylvania, because honestly, you don’t know where you’re going to go next. 

    Sometimes it means spending a summer being one of the 36% staying at home with their parents while you scour the market for a job. 

    Sometimes it means painting apartments for 2 weeks, for 14 hours a day, so you have the extra cash to cushion your cross country trip to your new home: Los Angeles.

    Friends, I know that social media and blogging can make it look like we have a picture perfect life (literally),  but I’m going to be honest with you and tell you that we, and I, really don’t. I launched One Year One Dream in April in hopes that it would encourage you to fearlessly pursue the dreams you have in your heart, and I am doing my best to do that. But I want you to know, that it requires sacrifice. Spending half of the year in limbo, not knowing where I was going to be next, or what I was going to do, was (and still is) scary, but the reward is so much greater. So far, the year 2014 has been nothing but an adventure, and the richness I have gained is worth every moment of unease. 

    If you are pursuing an #OYOD, as I know some of you are, know that you’ll be required to sacrifice convenience, and comfort. You may even be confronted by some of the ones you love the most, as I have been. Some of my dearest friends didn’t understand why I wanted to go to India, but I had to remind myself that my convictions and passions are real and essential to who I am, and only I can be responsible for making them become a reality. Remain gracious and gentle in those times, because at the end of it, one of you will see clearly and the relationship will still be standing. 

    I can’t wait to start new things in LA. Since spending a Spring semester there in college, I have been itching to go back, and I’m finally doing it! My friend, Emari, will be driving across the country with me, stopping in these places along the way:

    NASHVILLE

    SHREVEPORT

    WACO

    DALLAS

    ALBUQUERQUE

    TUSCON

    PHOENIX

    LOS ANGELES

    Let us know on Instagram if you want to meet up, using the hashtag, #EandAgotoLA. (E and A go to LA- it rhymes, obvi.)

    Can’t wait for coffee dates, and instameets, and adventures all over the coast. Let’s hang out!

  • August 13, 2014 9:00 am

    HATS: Because, hats.

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    Hats are a favorite accessory of mine. There is a small collection starting on the shelves next to my closet, but as per usual, most of them are too big for my fun sized self. I have some travel plans coming up in the next few weeks, and you better believe that there will be photos in front of canyons and epic midwest fields.

    Probably while wearing hats. 

  • August 8, 2014 11:41 am

    RECIPE: Raw Chocolate Cherry Almond Bars

    So excited to share this little gem of a recipe with you today! It is insanely easy, all you need are the ingredients and a food processor. (I used a Ninja blender) They are packed full with all the good stuff: chia, flax, nuts, dried fruit, and obviously our favorite, chocolate. These are great for energy, or to satisfy that chocolate craving without all the extra fats. I’ve bean eating one after my morning workouts and they are just what I need. Full of flavor and healthy too! 

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  • August 7, 2014 2:38 pm

    FRESHEN UP: Your Skincare Routine

    As of 2 weeks ago, one of my sisters is now officially a stylist! She knows everything you need to know about hair, makeup, skincare, all the good stuff it takes to making us ladies look ladylike. ;) I thought I’d share some of the little things I’ve learned from her, and some of my favorite products!

    Just a couple of quick things (a full beauty post coming soon!):

    1. ALWAYS exfoliate. This one can be a bit tricky, as some are more harsh than others. All the ladies in my family tried the Vitamin C Microdemrasion a few nights ago and we are all singing it’s praises! Definitely worth a try. 
    2. ALWAYS moisturize. Maggie, my sister, does an exfoliant and a cleansing/moisturizing mask every week. And I must say, her skin glows. 
    3. Toner really does work. I’m not one to use it often, but for some skin types, it can make  huge difference!
    4. Scrub doez lips! I use the Sugar Lip Scrub from Fresh (pictured), and it works like a charm every time. Afterwards, use a lip moisturizer or chapstick. I usually do this right before going to bed. 
    5. ALWAYS clean your brushes! I’m sure my sister will go into detail on this more, but those brushes can harbor tons of dirt and oils, and worse, bacteria! If you don’t, you are basically rubbing all of that junk back onto your face. Don’t say I didn’t warn you… 

    Fresh is without question my favorite skincare provider. Everything they have is extremely light, and I’ve found that my skin tends to be more sensitive, and doesn’t need a ton of moisture, so Fresh is perfect! If you are looking for something more budget friendly, I have found that Simple is very  comparable to Fresh, so give that one a try! 

    I have been doing all of the above tips all summer, and I can honestly say that it works! Exfoliating and “masking” are so key. And, I mean, who doesn’t want to put on a face mask and watch My Best Friends Wedding? 

    You’re welcome, for giving you a reason to slumber party. 

  • August 4, 2014 11:55 am

    TCD: EMARI TRAFFIE

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    You guys are in for a treat. The epically talented Emari Traffie has written in the Lady & Like creative diaries today. This post has taken me a few weeks, because there are WAY too many photos to choose from. Emari has an incredible talent for capturing all the good stuff through her lens, and she’s like, totally my BFFL and all that teenie bopper love fest stuff. 

    In all seriousness, this post is a special one for me. Emari has been an incredible friend, and creative, to have around, and I am so thankful for her. She housed me when I was homeless, listened to me fumble through not one, but two heart wrenching breakups, and was my creative partner in crime when launching OYOD. She is a keeper.

    I decided to use a lot of photos from her recent shoot with her sister and soon-to-be brother in law! I’m completely obsessed with these photos, as well as the Millay Vintage shoot, and her most recent portrait session on the blog.

    See, I told you I had a hard time….

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  • July 30, 2014 5:24 pm

    I Found Downton

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    This weekend, I had the privilege of assisting my sister-in-law as a wedding photographer. We drove for 3 hours to Skytop Lodge in the Pocono Mountains, chatting and munching on our kale salads packed in mason jars, ready for a long day ahead. We expected pretty things, but nothing like this. I was truly astonished at how stunning this place was. Neither of us were prepared for it, and as we came around the last bend in the road, we both just sat there in the car and stared. Then I said, “Oh my gosh, Pennsylvania has a Downton. We found Downton, Meagan.” And it was the loveliest Pennsylvanian Downton you ever did see. 

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    See more after the jump! (including dress and bouquet pictures…que swooning now. )

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  • July 29, 2014 8:00 am

    PLAYLIST | MORNINGS

    When I was in India, we ate breakfast every day at 8:30 on the dot. Oddly enough, my sleep schedule finally found its niche over there. Since I have been back (post jet lag conquering) I have been waking up like a champ every morning, with plenty of time to make my tea/coffee, and parfaits, sit down with a journal, and get real. Mornings are such a blessing, especially when there is a full house and there aren’t many quiet moments. 

    I have been slowly putting together this MORNINGS playlist, one I have been using every morning, along with LIGHT.

    I hope you find some time for a light filled morning. :)