So you know how you have those weeks where everything falls into place, you get all of your to-do list items completed and you finally feel like you got ahead?

Yeah...me either. 

I feel like those weeks are unicorns and only exist for the people who either don't work or have only 2 things on their to do list (or both) - because if you are like me...a working gal who has a super busy schedule you know weeks like that just don't happen. I honestly think that if they did I would be bored, so I am not complaining...well, maybe complaining a little. Or simply looking to know that I am not alone in the fact that the to-do list never gets done, it just gets rewritten on a new piece of paper so I feel accommplished. Am I right?!

And these past two weeks have been no exception, in fact they might have been some of the busiest weeks of the summer. We've been traveling, I started a new full time job and traveled to their office to work for a week, I've been teaching spin like a mad lady, keeping up with an intense personal training routine and have been trying to squeeze in as much summer fun with friends and family as possible. It simply doesn't all fit in...and sadly the blog is usually the first to fall by the wayside.

I know many of you have been following along on Insta stories which I love - your comments crack me up - seriously you guys are hilarious. But I really want to get back to doing more of what I love which is content creation with looks from day to day life here in Portland and our travels as well as collaborating with brands that I love. 

Which is why I am super excited to share this post because this dress if from a new clothing rental company that I have been trying out called Fashion Pass. 

Now...I know what you are thinking - what about Rent the Runway?! And don't worry - I still love and use them too. But I wanted to give a new brand a try because quite honestly I am running out of new things to rent from Rent the Runway because I use it so often!

So when FashionPass reached out to me to try their new service I couldn't resist and have been absolutely loving their pieces.

(which btw - you can try too...and get $60 in FREE shopping...click here

This dress though, by far, has been my favorite and it likely one of the most comfortable dresses I have ever worn in the softest of cottons and was perfect for the Charleston humidity last week.

This low cut neckline is just the right amount of heelllooo that you want without showing off too much of the girls, and the same goes for the slits on the front (which also make this dress super easy to walk in...especially up stairs). And although you can't see it in these images - the back of this dress is open with a high waist which is incredibly flattering. 

Length for me was just right in flats but I definitely could not have worn heels - and for reference I am about 5ft 7in - which is great for me because heels and I usually end up with me either tripping, falling over or getting my heels stuck in the sidewalk. None of which bode well for me or anyone who is with me who ends up laughing after the fact...husband that's you.

Want to give FashionPass a try and get a free $60 to use on their site? Yup...that's right a FREE $60 to use on their site! 

Simply click here, sign up and choose your pieces. 

The website is easy to use and they have a long list of pieces you can rent from dresses like this, to every day pieces to mix into your wardrode and special occassion items for weddings and such. They also offer a great selection of accessories including jewelry, handbags and sunnies. I have rented a few of each and have been impressed with not only their selection but the quality of the items. Plus they carry some of my favorite brands like Amanda Uprichard, J.O.A, Yumi Kim and my current brand crush, which I highly suggest you try, called ASTR.

If you have any trouble with the link you can go the old fashioned way and use my code: MARGARET.

Happy Shopping!

 

xo - margaret

 

Blush

July 26, 2018

It's rare for us to travel to a place more than once. I know that sounds crazy...but the way I see it is that there are so many places to explore and so little time, so from a efficiency standpoint I honestly don't have time to make multiple visits to a destination.

There are of course exceptions to this, and clauses to this way of travel. 

For example, if we haven't been to a place in years and loved it the first time we'll repeat it OR if we fall completely in love with a destination then we'll come back and visit again no matter how long the time in between was. 

Here in the US there are a few places we frequent (and staycations in Maine don't count), often coming each year, including Austin, the Gulf Coast, Nor Cal, So Cal, Chicago & NYC. 

And I must say that after our recent trip to Charleston we are adding that city on our repeat list - so much so that we are literally, even though we were just there a few weeks ago, heading back there again tomorrow. Yup...tomorrow. 

It's the husbands birthday weekend and I have business there the following week so we figured why not make a little vacation out of it?! And lets be real...I'll take any excuse to get back to the Zero George - so to say that I am excited to stay there again would be a compelte understatement. I think I am looking forward to that more than anything else.

Interested in learning more about why we loved Charleston so much? I promise to write a full Charleston recap post when we get back filled with where we stayed, what we did and what you can't miss. 

In the meantime I am frantically packing and counting down the minutes to sipping champagne on the porch at the Zero George. 

Cheers to birthdays, weekend getaways and champagne.

Got any insider tips for me to see/do/eat/drink in Charleston? I'd love to hear them!

 

xo - margaret

Obsessed

July 25, 2018

So if you have been following my blog, or insta, for any bit of time you will notice that I rarely wear pants and that if I do they are either skinnies or my all time favorite boyfriend jeans. Sometimes I will throw on a pair of shorts, but for the most part I stick with dresses & skirts.

Why?

Because I have super long legs and finding pants that are the right length for me is a nightmare. Most often they are too short, and this goes for full length pants looking more like crops, to skinny jeans never reaching my ankles and capris hitting more around the knee level than my calves. First world problem, I know, BUT it does not make it less annoying. 

However, as of late, I have been obsessed with high waisted cropped pants. Ideally with a side slit or wide leg. And by obsessed I mean scouring stores and the internet for just the right pair - which for my ladies out there...you know is like finding a unicorn when you are looking for something uber specific. 

Motifs Portland Maine - Boutique - 5th and Magnolia - OOTD, Portland Maine

In comes my friends over at Motif's to save the day with these adorable cropped pants, with a side slit, in a vibrant print. I mean, can we say the perfect vacation and travel pants?!

Yes we can!

Because they are. 

And I love them.

Period.

Motifs Portland Maine - Boutique - 5th and Magnolia - Portland Lobster Co

Old Port, Portland Maine - OOTD - 5th and Magnolia

Seriously though, by far some of the most comfortable pants I have worn all summer and they work well for both day and night - picture them with a cute cropped top and wrap for a dinner out...perfection!

Motifs | Portland Maine Womens Clothing | 5th and Magnolia | OOTD

And speaking of wraps, how fun is this baby blue fringe hem wrap?! Such a great piece for summer with it's versatile style allowing you to wear it off the shoulder to one side, off both shoulders or around you as a shawl. 

I have used this piece on both of our recent trips because it's perfect for flying as it also doubles up as a cozy blanket for early morning flight naps. 

Motifs Boutique Fashion Shoot - 5th and Magnolia

How about you...anything you are drooling over? I'd love to hear what trends you are eyeballing.

And speaking of shopping - I have got some on my to do list for this week as we are headed out of town this Friday to Charleston and the last time we were there I felt completely unprepared for the extreme heat. So I am on the lookout for loose, light cotton & linen fabrics to pull together some fun looks. I am also on the lookout to be packed and ready to go by Thursday afternoon so that I am not doing the night before, up until 2am packing for a 5am flight as per usual.

Wish me luck.

xo - margaret