Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Wishful Wednesday: J. Crew accessories

J. Crew is killing it with their accessories right now. They're also tempting me with their three-times-a-day emails detailing all of their pretty-fabulous-must-have spring clothes. 

What I'm wishing for today: 

I know I always rave about J. Crew, but seriously, this is why. Do I need to explain any further?

Friday, January 25, 2013

Friday's fancies: black + white

As I was trying to come up with ideas for this week's Friday's fancies black + white theme, I kept thinking of that old joke: What's black and white and red all over?

The answer? This outfit. 

Thursday, January 24, 2013


I saw this on Tumblr the other day and I haven't been able to get this idea out of my head since. 

I've found this is something that I've often thought about, but never really knew what it was called. This awareness of the complexity of other people's lives is such an interesting concept to me.  Each day, the strangers you pass appear, for the most part, as part of the background of your life, just as you were part of the background of theirs. Whether it's the person who holds the door open for you or the person standing behind you in line at Starbucks, you never know when you may see these people next, or if your paths will ever cross again. What you do know, however, is that for one small second, you played a part in their life that day. 

This may be me getting too deep and philosophical, but if you take a minute to think about it, isn't it such a fascinating idea? 

I'm really interested to hear everyone's thoughts on this. Do you have the same fascination with the idea of sonder as I do? 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wishful Wednesday

I'm currently wishing for...

{the opportunity/warm weather to wear this type of outfit)


{this beautiful coral Kate Spade watch}


{this fun Valentine's Day-inspired manicure}


 {and these cute Sam Edelman flats}

Friday, January 18, 2013

Friday's fancies: Outfit crush

This week's Friday's fancies are all about outfit crushes, which is fitting because that's all I've been posting about lately. My inspiration behind the outfit crush is this pin — I'm still crazy about the colored-denim trend. I'm loving the mint skinny jeans paired with nude accessories. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Wishful Wednesday

Right now, I'm wishing I had this fun outfit in my closet. All of these pieces are on final sale right now at J.Crew, which means you get an extra 30% off on them, and free shipping when you spend over $100 (use code STYLEFIND). 

I want to be more adventurous in mixing patterns, and I think I could just maybe pull this mixed-pattern look off. I'm loving the fun cap toe heel and the bright yellow bag, too. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Lena Dunham + Girls

As most of you know, I am obsessed with Girls on HBO. Sunday night is now my new favorite night, and in preparing for the show's second season, I watched the first season twice within a period of a few weeks. I think Lena Dunham is absolutely brilliant, which is why I'm so happy that she won the Golden Globe for best actress in a TV Comedy/Musical and that Girls won for best TV Comedy/Musical.
I think the reason why I like Lena so much is because she seems so genuine and real, and the confidence she has in her body is so refreshing. She wouldn't even let a rude comment from Howard Stern ruffle her feathers.  

In the show, her character Hannah's one-liners are so awesome (not to mention the speech she gave Adam in the fourth episode of the first season was so real and raw I think every girl could relate to it). I'm dying to get my hands on her book, which is a collection of essays called “Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned." And I loved that during her acceptance speech at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards, she stopped midway through to take off her shoes. I also love this story about why she mentioned Chad Lowe in her acceptance speech at the Golden Globes. 

More than anything, I think she's an inspiration to people who are out there right now following their dreams and fighting for what they believe in. She also just seems like she'd be a really cool friend to have. 

via IMDB
Here's to counting down until Sunday at 9 p.m.!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

How to apply Essie magnetic polish

So I was browsing the aisles of Target the other day looking for important things to buy like new nail polish when I came across Essie's new line of magnetic "reptile" polish. I had seen the Sally Hansen version, but since I like Essie more than practically anything else, I decided to fork over the $10.99 and try it out. 

Needless to say (and if you know me, this isn't a surprise), I didn't read the instructions before I applied the polish. So two dried coats of Crocadilly (a nice dark green) later, I'm sitting in front of my TV watching reruns of Girls wondering how I'm supposed to make the polish get all wavy and magnetic looking. Earth to Megan. Obviously the polish will not do anything after it's dried. I so should have read the instructions (which, by the way, are printed in like 2 point font on a sticker on the side of the nail polish). 

Long story short, I started over, then I thought I'd share with you how you're supposed to go about applying it, just in case any of you out there were staring at your dried nail polish wondering how you were supposed to get this snakeskin/reptile look. 

So here you go:

{How to apply Essie magnetic polish}

Apply first coat and let dry. 

Next, apply your second coat of polish one finger at a time. While the polish is still wet, hold the magnet as close to your nail as possible (without touching the magnet to the nail, which is harder than it sounds). Try to slowly move the magnet across your whole nail, so as to spread the pattern out. 

Let dry and apply a topcoat, preferably one that dries fast so you (a.k.a. impatient people like me) don't mess anything up. There's nothing worse than ruining a fresh mani. 

As you can see, my nails don't look perfect (the pattern doesn't reach across each nail all the way and the pattern isn't the same on each nail), but I'm pretty happy with the final result and have already received lots of compliments. And I'm pretty sure I'd even wear the polish by itself without the magnetic effect, too. 

So there you have it. Happy crocadilly snakeskin reptile nails, everyone. 

Friday, January 4, 2013

Current obsessions

I'm currently loving:

{Girls on HBO}

Elizabeth and I watched the whole first season last weekend, and I cannot wait for the new season to start on the 13th.

{Essie's Stroke of Brillance}

This polish is a fantastic sparkly blue and was perfect for NYE.
{Mumford and Sons' "Hopeless Wanderer" from their new album}

Literally can't stop listening to this CD. "Hopeless Wanderer" and "I Will Wait" are on constantly on repeat. 

{Lauren Conrad Beauty}
Not that I didn't already love LC, but this book now has a permanent residence on my bedside table. It has so many great tips — from makeup and skincare to what types of ingredients to avoid in products. This is definitely a must-read for everyone. Thanks Elizabeth!  

Thursday, January 3, 2013

One year blog-o-versary!

I can't believe it's been a year since I've started blogging! Last New Year's, I wanted to make a resolution and actually stick to it. I decided to create this blog, and I'm so proud of everything it's become (even when I go for a little bit without posting regularly). My blog is my cathartic, creative writing outlet some days, and other days, it lets me express my current obsessions, which usually end up being items from J. Crew that I totally don't need but absolutely must have. Most of all, though, it has allowed me to interact with so many great people. The blogging community is wonderful, and I feel like I have made so many friends through my blog, even though I haven't actually met many of you. I look forward to reading my favorite blogs each day and continue to be inspired by you all. 

Looking back on the past year, I've had my share of ups and downs, but I always think of the beginning of a new year as a time to kind of start over, whether it be righting some wrongs, vowing to try new things, or just becoming an overall better version of myself. 

I have so many things to look forward to in 2013: finishing grad school and hopefully finding my first "real" job. I'm nervous but excited, and I can't wait to see where this year takes me. 

As my BFF Elizabeth and I said on New Year's Eve together, this is our year. We can just tell.