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June 8, 2018

 Sometimes in life you have to take risks...you have to jump knowing that there may not be anything to break your fall. 

And for me, a cautious Type A planner, that is a very scary thought.

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However, what I have come to learn as I have gotten older is that if I always hold myself back, and take the safe route, I never allow things that scare me to enter my path. 

And it's these scary things that have brought me some of the best changes in my life...

Graduating High School Early & Moving Away at Barely 18.

Marriage.

Home Buying.

Moving Across the Country.

Starting this Blog.

The list goes on...and all of these things were items that were a bit scary to me - that were huge life changes that all ended up being such wonderful experiences that have continued to bring me so much joy.

Change.

Such a small word - with so much meaning - and truly for me the scariest part about doing new things. I hate change. I like order and routine and knowing the outcome.

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I know, I know...it's Friday, so why am I going into such a deep conversation?

Today's post should be about FRIYAY & Cheers right? 

Don't worry, that's coming;)

But first, I'd like to be a little more real, a little less surface and share some heart to heart with you guys.

I mean heck...if you are taking time out of your day to read this post then the least I can do is level with you.

So...

here it is...

I no longer have a day job.

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Yup, you read that correctly, officially unemployed, and feeling pretty damn empowered by it. 

Now, that's not to say that I am not working - because I always have projects brewing on the side - but from a full time, Monday - Friday perspective, my life is about to drastically change. 

And to be honest with you, which if you know me I always am, it was a long overdue and a much needed change. 

That being said, there is still a part of me that is a little terrified and asking myself "what's next" - "what will you do instead" - "what if you don't find something new..." but I really think that's just what I need. 

I need to be asking myself what's next for me, what do I want to and what's best for the people who are closest to me.

And I honestly can't remember the last time I asked those questions and liked, or was remotely excited, about the answers or even had the ability or freedom to act on them.

Which is not a great place to be professionally or personally.

So, today marks the day of a new chapter, of new adventures and a new perspective on life that I plan to hold near and dear and not let go of again. 

It's a pretty exciting, mixed with a bit of terrified - hide under your covers, feeling, but one that I am fully embracing and looking forward to moving forward with.

Now, there will still be moments where I am sure I will freak out, but thankfully I have an incredible support system who has already given me words of encouragement and helped me get out of my worried headspace.

Especially my amazing husband who literally was celebrating for me before I could even fully process what happened - and telling me how awesome this was. 

I hope you'll continue on this journey with me - and I welcome any advice you might have on starting fresh.

 

xo - margaret

 

 

Photos by the ever so talented: Courtney Elizabeth

 

 

 

Floral + Stripes

June 5, 2018

You are witnessing something today on the blog that I never thought would happen. 

I am wearing floral + stripes. 

I know...

it's shocking.

Honestly, I didn't think it would work, and have openly expressed my dislike of mixing patterns for years BUT this is such a small splash of stripes with the floral that I thought I would give it a go.

And you know what?

I actually like it, like a lot. As in I might even repeat this trend on a larger scale and try out some other mixing of patterns.

Don't expect anything too crazy - I mean, I am still pretty traditional in my style rules, but I have been trying to push myself to do new things so I can add mixing patterns to the list. 

If you haven't noticed yet - I am mildly obsessed with these shoes.

They literally go with everything - like they can't look bad. Its actually a little odd how versatile they are - and they've been perfect for our recent travels because they are also surprisingly comfortable. 

*note...no, this is not my scooter...but huge props to the person who parked it here because it was the perfect prop.

 

Cheers to serendipitous moments.

 

xo - margaret

 

all photos courtesy of: Courtney Elizabeth

Ocean Blue

June 4, 2018

To say that I am happy that it's maxi dress season would be an understatement.

The excitement I have for this actually comes from so much more than just the warm weather - in fact, the biggest reason I love maxi dress season is that it's easy.

Yup. 

Easy.

All summer long all I have to do is throw on a maxi, some cute flat sandals (because I rarely find maxis long enough to wear wth heels) and a few statement accessories and I am good to go. Didn't have time for a pedi? Covered by the maxi. Not enough time to have perfectly smooth & tan legs...maxis cover those up as well. Having a "I feel fat" day - you guessed...covered. 

You follow?

Waverly Grey Printed Etta Maxi Dress | 5th & Magnolia | OOTD

Now don't get me wrong - I do love a good short dress and showing some leg in a tailored short BUT most of the time I am so damn busy that maxi dresses are my best option. Plus they pack well, travel light and allow me to easily transition from morning, to afternoon & evening with minimal effort. 

That seriously should be my theme this summmer 'minimal effort - summer 2018.'

Waverly Grey Printed Etta Maxi Dress | 5th & Magnolia

Waverly Grey Printed Etta Maxi Dress | 5th & Magnolia | Laguna Beach OOTD

Summer also means that my beloved starfish cuff is back in action, and if you follow the blog you know how much I adore this piece (and self admittedly wear it too much).

OOTD | Waverly Grey Printed Etta Maxi Dress | 5th & Magnolia

Waverly Grey Printed Etta Maxi Dress | OOTD | 5th & Magnolia

What are your go to pieces for summer? 

xo - margaret