Summer Patio

August 20, 2018

For those of you who know me you know that I have a mild (which actually means major) obsession with throw pillows. And the best part about the summer season is the fact that I get to extend my obsession beyond the walls of our home out onto our front porch and back patio. I mean, really, the sky is the limit if you think of all the places to put pillows when you include both inside and out - especially when they are indoor/outdoor pillows - because that means I can transition them all over the place all year long.

And that makes me one happy girl.  

You know what else makes me happy? Well, other than summer cocktails on our patio that is, are these coasters and lobster pillow from The Trelles Cottage. They have been the perfect addition to our backyard patio and have made the fact that summer is coming to an end a little easier to swallow because now we have cute new patio items to enjoy. 

It's like new workout sneakers...they just make working out so much more fun. Am I right?!

I digress. 

Anyway - back to The Trelles Cottage - they reached out to me a few months ago for a collaboration and I instantly fell in love with their nautical themed home decor pieces, gifts and apparel. They honestly belong here in Maine and so many of their pieces fit in perfectly with our home decor style. It was hard narrowing down which items to feature!

I ended up going with these versatile stone coasters (which btw come in multiple different nautical designs), the lobster pillow (duh) as well as a lobster travel pouch/clutch and a gorgeous painting of buoys - all of which honestly look like they were custom made for our home. 

Oh! And some puffin leggings...which you many or may not remember from my Insta Stories last month. Those are pretty darn amazing as well. 

What I love most about these products is that they are extremely good quality, made by someone here in the USA who you can connect with (she's the sweetest) and they are extremely affordable. I mean - $30 for an outdoor pillow?! I pay upwards of $50 that's a steal.

And as always, I never partner up with any brand that I don't love. So you can always trust that when I share things with ya'll it's cause they truly are awesome.

And often I am sorry for that part;)

Now for the best've got a chance to win a few of these items including a set of stone coasters, the lobster travel pouch, the puffin leggings AND an exclusive product discount!

To enter head on over to my Instagram post here and then simply follow these steps:

1. Follow @5thandmagnolia on Insta
2. Follow @thetrellescottage on Insta
3. Visit The Trelles Cottage website and comment in the comments section directly on this instagram post
with what item you would buy with your discount (for example the amazing indoor/outdoor lobster pillow or coaster set)


I will be choosing a winner next week on Monday - so hurry...because you do not want to miss out on this prize!


xo - margaret



*This is a sponsored post. As with all sponsored posts I ONLY feature products that I have tried and enjoy so you can rest easy knowing that what I promote is what I love...and hopefully something you will enjoy as well.

Monat Product Review

May 27, 2018

As you've probably noticed, I have an unruly head of curly hair, something that over time has really come to be a huge part of my identity.

As in, if I didn't have long curly hair I would not feel like myself.

How do I know this you ask?

Well...because twice in my life I cut it all off. Like pixie short all off. And bot times I cried and hated it.

I literally felt naked. 

Which is why I often think to myself...why did you do that twice?! But...lets not focus on the past, that's neither here nor there at this point right?!


Anyway - now that I am a wise adult I know better (and on a serious note...remind me of this should I ever think short hair is a good idea again.)

And I also know the importance of taking care of my hair so that it can stay healthy for as long as possible; which often means using the right products. 

Now, I am not typically a "try new products" kind of gal. I stick to what I know, because I know it works and if it ain't broke don't fix it!

However, I recently tried a new line of products from a company called Monat - and to be honest the only reason I initially tried them is because I saw first hand how much success my little sister had with them. As in since she started using their products her hair was growing like a weed, was shiny & bouncy and looking better than ever. 

That alone was enough proof for me, so I decided to give it a go.

Fast forward 30 days and I too have seen similar results - which says a lot because I certainly was skeptical at first. 

Some of the benefits I have experienced are:

*Less tangles
*Less need for daily washes
Less frizz (which for most ladies I know is a constant battle, especially in the summer)
Softer, more shiny hair
Lighter weight
*More defined curls that clump less

The three products I have been using are the 'Renew Shampoo' 'Deep Conditioner' (which smells ahhhmazing - it's like a peppermint spa in your shower)
and the 'Curl Cream' - all of which I have truly seen the above benefits from.

Monat has a ton of products - so even if the products I've been using don't suit your needs, they've got plenty of others. 

Image result for monat curl cream

Best part is that this weekend they're having a pretty awesome sale where you can join their VIP program for FREE as well as a discounted bonus item.

If you're interested in learning more about their products check them out here - you'll be working directly with my sister Marissa who is a hair guru and can help you find products that fit your exact needs.

Happy Memorial Day shopping!

Hurry - offer ends Monday at midnight!


xo - margaret

Stockings are by far my favorite part of Christmas...I would literally forgo all other gifts for a killer stocking. I love the surprise aspect, all the little goodies, the sweet treats and the feeling of never ending (or at least until the bottom of the stocking) gifts.

Even more though I love stocking stuffer shopping for others - get you going on your stockings this year I've put together some of my personal favorites for her.


Eye Mask | Apron | Gummies Sephora Lip Kit | Tory Burch Gift Set | Pink Drop Earrings | Neutrogena Night Cream | Hello Gorgeous Mug | Thank You Notes | Travel Cream Kit | Anastasia Brow Cream | O.P.I Polish | Watch Band | Wine Twirls | Sheer Blonde Shampoo | Cashmere Plum Candle | Daily Desk Note Pad | Note Cards


Stocking Stuffers for Her 2017