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The Ultimate Inspiration

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On my 40th birthday my “lifelong” friends shared the above quote. I’ve thought a lot about it over the past few years and I truly believe we do have friends for reasons, seasons, and a lifetime. I didn’t do a post yesterday because I was lucky enough to be spending time with one of my oldest and dearest friends. We talked about who I would choose for this Saturday’s “style inspiration” but I never came to a conclusion, nor did I want to miss a minute with her to write a post. And then it hit me! My ultimate inspiration are my lifelong friends.

These are girls I became friends with in grade school and junior high. That’s over 35 years (over 40 for a couple). They have endured bad perms, acne, braces, glasses, and eighties fashion with me. We have been through new life and death, marriage and divorce, first loves and first break-ups. We’ve survived fights, distance, disappointment, and also supreme happiness, private jokes, vacations, and so many memories. They know me, truly know me. They have stood by me, they accept me for who and what I am. I can be myself with them. They love me and I love them. We don’t have to work at our friendships. They are low-maintenance. If we don’t speak for months it doesn’t matter. No one gets mad. It’s easy. They are my family and they are my soul. They have always been there for me and I know it wasn’t always easy (I was very prone to high drama-it’s the Leo in me). They are my best friends.

It has given me such joy to watch them become women. Smart, beautiful, loving women. I am so proud of each and every one of them. They carry themselves with grace and dignity through even the worst situations. And we have faced some really terrible challenges. But they all have come out stronger and have never given up in the face of a crisis. I am in awe of them constantly. They inspire me always.

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And so it begins, sometime in the early 1970’s.

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One of our many movie nights (VCRs had just been invented) during the 80’s.

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On my porch before a school dance. We were heavy into our Madonna phase.

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Cruising in my ’78 Monte Carlo.

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Goofing off at the pool, 1987.

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The whole “lifer” gang (minus a few) at my wedding in 2004. This is a look at 30+ years of friendship. Pretty amazing.

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My 40th birthday with my BFFs.

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Celebrating at another “lifer” wedding in 2010.

I am so blessed to have these fabulous ladies in my life. And if you have a “lifetime” friend, you know what I am talking about. Love you girlies!

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Inspirational Quotes, Courtesy of Pinterest

I love Pinterest, as do most people these days. I find so much inspiration in all forms-food, fashion, beauty-you name it, they have it. It’s really quite addicting. One of the things I enjoy most are all of the inspirational quotes. Sometimes all it takes to find your mojo is the right phrase, at the right time. Here are some of my all-time favorites.

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When I moved to New York at age 20, there were many times I chose Vogue over food.

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Very true. It’s important to consider long-term over instant gratification.

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Laughter is the best medicine, and things always look better after a good night’s sleep.

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This is from one of my all-time favorite episodes of “Sex and the City”.

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Coco hits the nail right on the head. It’s so important to follow the beat of your own drum. It’s what makes us interesting. How boring the world would be if we were all the same.

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I ask myself this almost every day. Life is much simpler and joyful when you’re a child. You haven’t learned to be afraid and life is all about having fun. It’s one of my goals in life-to have more fun.

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As we grow older we realize this much more. Things that seemed so earth shattering in high school and college are but a distant memory. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

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I think it’s important to remember that we can be whatever we want to be. I’m not “lost”, there’s nothing to find. I’m still evolving and blossoming!

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Truer words were never spoken. From every tragedy I’ve discovered strength I didn’t know I had.

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I love this one so much. Let’s face it-life is tough. Bad things happen. But we just need to keep breathing and get some rest. Tomorrow is another day.

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In my life I have been lucky to have amazing friendships and relationships. Some last, some don’t. But it wasn’t until I had a “love affair” with myself that I found my true love-my hubby. I truly believe you cannot have love with another if you don’t love yourself.

I hope one of these quotes inspires you today. If you’re not already on Pinterest, I suggest you get busy. There’s much to be discovered out there (and click on the “follow me” button up on the right to find me on Pinterest). Happy pinning!

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Happy Easter

Happy Easter everyone! I decided not to do a “real” post today so I can focus on spending time with my family. I hope you all have a wonderful day and are spending it with the ones you love. I just really want to thank you all for the support you have given me. I love doing this blog and am so glad you are enjoying it.

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My sister (2) and me (3), Easter 1973

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Playing Dress Up-It’s Not Just For Kids

For the first six years of my life, we lived “out in the country”. My dad had just returned from Vietnam. Gone was the man who had to have the best of everything and in his place was, for lack of a better word, a hippy. We lived in an old farmhouse, had chickens, ducks, geese, dogs, cats, and an orange square back Volkswagen. My mom actually kept a broom by the back door so she could chase away the geese. My little sister Erin and I loved life on the farm.

To say we had vivid imaginations would be a major understatement. Every day we were somebody different. One day we would be the Von Trapp children and dance around the house. We would beg our mom to stand at the bottom of the stairs so we could sing “So long, farewell” to her, and insisted she perform the adult portion of the tune. Other days we would run around the farm in the prairie dresses our mom made us and imagine that we were Mary and Laura Ingalls. It was the kind of childhood everyone should have.

But what I really loved to do was page through my mother’s fashion magazines (I can still remember the planter she kept them in) and re-create outfits I had seen in them. One of my favorite ensembles was a flannel pajama top paired with tights and mom’s high heels. They were amazing blue patent leather. I thought they were the most beautiful shoes in the world. Other days I’d wear a white turtleneck and white tights (very Edie Sedgwick) and push my cat around in a doll stroller. This is truly where my love for fashion blossomed. I knew that the perfect outfit could transform you into something different. I was hooked.

Playing dress-up was an every day occurrence out on that farm. But when you think about it, aren’t we all still playing dress-up? There are so many roles we play in our lives and they each have a specific look. For me, one day I’m a fashion maven helping others find the perfect outfit, the next day I’m in cargos and a tank pitching a tent. For others, they are super mom by day and a sexy wife out for dinner with their husband by evening. It’s how we interpret these roles that give us our individual style.

Take what I call the “Carrie Bradshaw Factor”. Unless you’ve lived under a rock for the past fifteen years, you’ve heard of “Sex and the City” and Carrie Bradshaw (played exquisitely by Sarah Jessica Parker). The show premieres on HBO and suddenly women all over the world are spending $400+ on shoes, drinking cosmos with their girlfriends, and coveting labels they couldn’t even pronounce. It was a phenomenon that changed the way women dressed, spoke, and behaved. When I went to the first “Sex” movie, almost every woman in the theater was in high heels and date night tops. And it was 10am! These suburban moms were playing a role and it was quite fun to watch. They saw a character they could relate to (maybe it’s who they once were or who they wished they’d been) and emulated her style. This is the adult version of dress-up and we all do it, whether we realize it or not.

I say embrace it. I always ask myself, “Would the little Megan be happy with the way she turned out?”. I think it’s important to stay true to your dreams and foster the child inside of you. Have fun with fashion and your style. Take risks. Play dress-up. Who knows, you may find the role of a lifetime.

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In my flannel pajama top ensemble. I was so proud!

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My sister wasn’t happy I was playing dress-up without her.

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Age 4 in my Edie Sedgwick outfit. That poor cat!

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My role as an wilderness woman

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The role of a lifetime-bride! My sister looks happier with this dress-up.

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Liebster Blog Award

I was super surprised to learn that a fellow blogger, Suellen Tomkins from Sew Indigo had nominated me for a Liebster Blog Award. Suellen has a great blog dedicated to vintage fashion and vintage patterns for special occasions. I had never heard of this award and was very honored she took time out of her day to bring attention to my little blog.

So, what exactly is this award? “Liebster” is German for favorite, and many of our favorite blogs are big on content but small on followers. This is an unique way to showcase blogs with fewer than 200 followers and has kind of a “pay it forward” vibe.

Here’s how it works:
1. Thank your Liebster blog award presenter on your blog.
2. Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you.
3. Copy/paste the blog award on your blog.
4. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 blogs (under 200 followers).
5. Let let know they have been chosen by leaving them a comment on their blog.

Here are my 5 Liebster Blog Award recipients:
Cosmetic Addiction. This is a great cosmetic review blog.
Lifevesting. Ashley’s blog is all about discovering who you are and what you’re capable of.
Snakeskin Jacket. Laura is a Belgian designer living in London.
Feathers and Faith. This is an on-line magazine for those living on a budget.
A Mad Man On The Run. Sabrina has a really fun blog dedicated to the style of Mad Men.

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Congratulations to all and special thanks to Suellen!

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My First Valentine

I’ve never really been that into Valentine’s Day. Growing up, I didn’t really have too many boys beating down my door. And then by the time I was an adult, I was kind of over the whole holiday. I’ve always said that I’d rather have a guy give me a dandelion any other day of the year because he thought of me, than buy me roses on that one day because he felt he had to. I’m not a grinch about it-I’m happy for people that enjoy the holiday, it’s just not for me. And then three years ago I lost my first valentine-my dad. He passed away February 14, 2009. I guess you could say that really sealed the deal for me and the day of love. A dad is a girl’s first love, and it’s a love you never get over. So, in honor of my father, I am sharing part of the eulogy I wrote for his memorial. He loved having his three girls and we loved having him for our first, and never-ending, valentine.

“He was our protector when we were little and gave us the courage to stand up for ourselves as we grew.

He taught us to be independent thinkers, that our opinions mattered, and to never waiver from our convictions.

He encouraged us to chase our dreams, even if it meant moving us all over everywhere. He taught us we could do anything we wanted and he believed it.

He helped us grow into women who weren’t afraid to travel and could navigate down the road of life. And he was always there to help us find our way when we were lost.

He took us in when we were broken with open arms and a shoulder to cry on. He mended our wings and gave us the strength to fly again.

And he believed, really believed, that I was strong, and that no matter what happened, I would be okay.”

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Happy Valentine’s Day Dad.

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Happy New Year

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Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful evening. The year 2011 was one of many challenges for me, but starting this blog was definitely not one of them. I love sharing all my interests with you and appreciate all the support you have given me. As long as I continue having fun and you continue to enjoy my posts, I will keep blogging!

A special thanks to my top commenters: Ame, Jo, Lifevesting, My Stylistic Life, and Jen Hall. I love reading all the comments-keep them coming!

Wishing you all peace, love, happiness, and health in 2012!
Stay stylish!
Megan

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