sunshine and skateboards

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sslookbook2i’ve actually lost count of how many times i’ve written about sincerely, jules on here. it’s well known that i’m kind of sorta obsessed with her style, and i totally own up to it. she is the definition of california cool, and i spend a good time of decision-making when it comes to outfits trying to figure out what would jules do. she happens to have her own line of clothing, all t-shirts and sweatshirts, and i love them. so when it was announced that her new line would be coming out, i anticipated its arrival like a kid on christmas. now that it’s here i’m kind of in love and wish i could pull off the whole mini skirt wearing, skateboard toting look, but i know that’s not happening… but that’s what dreaming’s all about, right?
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what’s cookin’?

enhanced-buzz-2818-1396058466-4news flash! i went vegan for lent/a 30 day challenge… for someone like me, who cherishes breakfast sandwiches, frozen yogurt and chicken and goat cheese in my salads, it wasn’t easy, but it hasn’t been too bad. now when i say day 2 was bad, i’m not kidding. most of it was definitely psychological, but at 10:45 that night i was laying in bed feeling weak and exhausted… putting me being dramatic aside, i actually wasn’t feeling too hot. that was march 18th, and here i am on april 2nd and i’ve gotten used to it. i do feel good, but there are a few things that i am more than missing a.k.a. all meat and eggs, and butter, and cheese… so actually i’m missing a lot. the great thing about this challenge/sacrifice is that i’ve been cooking a lot, and since i love to cook, it’s been fun. what doesn’t help is that i’ve been looking up both vegan and non-vegan recipes and i’m counting down until i can cook certain meals… during my research (which has become a daily thing) i’ve come across more than a few recipes i want to try out:

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eggs-benny-I-howsweeteats.com-5sweet corn cake eggs benedict with avocado hollandaise 

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tumblr_n1u9skGsUL1rn2p9bo1_500if any of you happen to be fans of the breakfast club, then you may or may not know that yesterday was the 30th anniversary of this group’s fateful meeting. since i’m kind of obsessed with this movie and can watch it repeatedly, i figured i’d kick off this post with the ending scene, because watching it makes me feel like everything is right in the world.

fun fact: i love elvis. i don’t know how or why, but i just do, even though no one else in my family does… so this buzzfeed article may or may not have had me freaking out a little bit.

LOVE this whole entire look.

do i have a reason to wear this dress? not really… will i get this dress? probably not. do i want it? 100% yes.

this collaboration between jimmy fallon and billy joel is pure perfection.

this trick to getting a great high ponytail is on point.

counting down the days until i can go back to this restaurant, one of my favorites in the city.

this song is my current obsession, and if you haven’t listened to augustines (formerly we are augustines) i recommend you do.

i’m all about those buzzfeed quizzes, so when they released a friday night lights version i was all over it. it was posted a while ago, but it’s too good not to include. i got tami taylor (hallelujah) and my brother got tim riggins, so i’d say it’s pretty accurate.

once i finish my current vegan diet (which i’ll talk about later) i will basically be on a baking and cooking frenzy, and this dip will without a doubt be made.

THIS MOVIE CANNOT COME OUT SOONER.

the lust list

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Lust List

samudra bags are the best // the go-to pair of sunglasses // keep calm and wear lipstick // a camera that would be great for taking some artsy cherry blossom pictures (if they ever bloom) // a small bag for someone who doesn’t like to carry any bag // a dress that looks as comfy as pajamas // a BAM pair of summer sandals // a hat i wish i could wear

the weather here in d.c. has been absolutely insane… one day it seems like it’s about to get nice and warm, and the next it’s snowing and we have a delay in classes. i’m holding out hope that spring weather is right around the corner, and it should be, but the wait has me imagining summer. so until the spring temperatures arrive, i’ll be looking up warm weather clothes and pretending i’m in some tropical place.

a love letter to the south

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IMG_5830i’ll admit i’ve been gone for a while, over two weeks, which in the blogging world is basically like eternity. i have a good explanation for my absence though, and if you remember from an earlier post i did, i was away on spring break doing something a little different… last week was spent road tripping between louisiana and mississippi, visiting places like new orleans, natchez, baton rouge, breaux bridge, and mowata. i hadn’t heard of half of these places before i went on this trip, but now i love them. first things first i set really high expectations for spring break, and the trip definitely lived up to it. coming from long island i was expecting the south to be totally different, and it was, but in the best way possible.

from the first day of break we ate a lot of food, and all of it was good. i love seafood so i was excited, but i had no idea what i was in for… let me just say if you’ve never had crawfish please do, because it was life changing. i also ate alligator sausage, which was one of the most delicious things i’ve ever had in my life, and the same goes for boudin (look up the pronunciation, i totally butchered it). we spent time exploring new orleans, especially the french quarter, which was unlike anything else i’ve ever been to… the same goes for bourbon street, which i thought was wild when we went out, but was actually considered quiet or calm by new orleans standards. natchez is a historic city in mississippi that has gorgeous antebellum homes, a great mexican restaurant, and a saloon that dates back to the days of mark twain to name a few things. the under the hill saloon was right next to the mississippi river, and when you walked in you felt like you were going back in time… not to mention they had a foosball table so i was more than a fan (if you’re ever in natchez, you have to go). after natchez we went to breaux bridge, crawfish capital of the world and hometown of my boy, hunter hayes. that night we stayed in an actual cabin on the bayou and went to a cajun pig roast. there was a live band and white lights strung throughout the trees… basically by the end of the night i felt like i was in some sort of nicholas sparks movie. the next morning we got up and went to another town in louisiana and experienced crawfish and rice farming, which was made complete by actually getting on the crawfish boat, picking our own crawfish to eat, cooking it on the spot, and even taking my first tractor ride.

i’ve condensed this a LOT, because i could honestly go on and on… to sum it all up though, if i could write a love letter to the south it would go a little like this:

i love you, i love you, and i’ll be back as soon as i can.

(so dramatic, i know)

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nicholas sparks worthy moments

the meal that changed my life

the party never stops

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amy-adams-vanity-fair-oscar-party-2014-ftrlast year when i wrote about my favorite outfits at the oscars i happened to focus on the vanity fair party, and this year i’m doing the same. at this point i feel like best-dressed of the oscars is all over the internet, and even though i may pick an outfit that isn’t as “popular” as others, it was probably already seen. i’m acting as if no one has seen outfits from the vanity fair party (which most likely isn’t true at all), but don’t blame me for trying to be a little different! i love to see what people wear afterwards, and i also imagine what i would wear if i ever went… not that i would ever be invited, but still. before i get into my outfit picks, i’d just like to mention that:

  1. the selfie that ellen took was amazing. i mean seriously, that was next level.
  2. jennifer lawrence tripping (again) was perfect.
  3. john travolta messing up idina menzel’s name had me laughing for longer than i’d like to admit.
  4. brad pitt passing out plates when the pizza was being handed out seemed so normal.
  5. the whole dancing with celebrities montage while pharrell performed “happy” was surreal.
  6. some of the comments during the red carpet coverage were ridiculous, but completely serious… “these people have been out here since 9 am today, they haven’t showered in days.” like what? what does that even mean? how does the commentator know that?
  7. pink’s tribute to the wizard of oz had me more than a little emotional. definitely had a flashback to childhood…
  8. emma watson and joseph gordon-levitt make quite the duo.
  9. lupita’s speech made me tear up.
  10. frozen won and all was right in the world.

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tumblr_mfjecjjhHr1r0stiwo1_500i could easily start off with a long and rambling introduction, but i think i’m going to cut to the chase on this one (so out of character, i know)…

i’ve heard amazing things about this book, so i think it’s time to finally read it.

if you haven’t been able to tell by this point, i’m a bit of an emotional girl… so when i saw this link with questions you should ask your mom it made me a tad bit homesick. shoutout to my mama, i love ya!

if i had an actual house or apartment, this would most likely go in it, but since i don’t i’ll just pretend i do.

i get the feeling that pointed toe pumps would be an extremely painful experience for me, but i still love how they look with a pair of skinny jeans and a white top. when i saw this post on design darling it got me dreaming again…

if you don’t listen to bastille, it’s time to get on that.

snl’s brooks whelan made a really cool video showing the entirety of his 2013, including his hiring by the snl team. he seems like a cool guy, but this video definitely confirms it.

i saw this video of a little boy crying to “say something” and i kid you not, this will be my child. my mom definitely passed her emotions on to me, and future children i’m so sorry, but i think it might happen to you. please watch this video, he’s so adorable.

paul rudd and jimmy fallon are everything.

i have been waiting for the season premiere of game of thrones for what feels like forever… hbo released these posters for the new season and the season cannot get here fast enough.

last, but not least, i discovered this dress and i am in love… if i was a maxi dress, this would be it.

sunshine, sunglasses, and southern road trips

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johnny-cash-022112-doublein about two weeks i’ll be heading down south for a very special kind of spring break: a true southern road trip. we’re starting off in new orleans, and driving throughout mississippi and louisana. being from new york i already know that this experience will be very different from long island life… something along the lines of “toto, i don’t think we’re in kansas anymore.” anyways, as you guys most likely know by this point i like to imagine what music we’ll be listening to while driving from place to place (i’m thinking something that resembles a combo of johnny cash and indie rock), what i’ll be wearing (and whether or not it has the right “vibe”… no, but really), and what will make the final packing list. so as i prepare for the southern sunshine there are a few things that need to be taken care of, specifically the whole sunglasses situation. last year after a particularly rowdy day at school my trusty aviators went missing, and although i replaced them i’ve been looking for a new pair since in the hopes of trying something different. this is where warby parker. if you have not heard of warby parker yet, i highly suggest you look them up; the concept is that you can have five types of glasses (sun or optical) sent to you to try on for free. i am the first to admit i can get a little crazy about details, i mean look at my posts on gathering photos, so this whole arrangement is great. so when i started looking through the spring 2014 collection i found a pair that i may or may not have fallen in love with, and these little babies are on their way to good ol’ georgetown for me to test out (fingers crossed they look good). if i could define the reilly’s i think it would be a combination of classic but fun, and more than capable of holding their own on a whirlwind southern adventure. so while i keep on planning (and keep you guys updated) here is my visual (and audio) inspiration for the time being.

*thank you to warby parker for the opportunity to write this post! all opinions are my own (if you couldn’t tell from my rambling)*

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sincerely, meg (part two)

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this may be my third or fourth post at this point about sincerely, jules, but seriously her style is on point. i am from the east coast and my style definitely has more of a new york meets east coast kind of mentality (if i could even call it that), but her posts always have me lusting after her west coast look. she always nails her outfits and i sit there scrolling through her blog wishing i was her. (not in a creepy way though, don’t you worry) her instagram is also on point, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise. i think what i really love about her style is her ability to pair something edgy with something feminine or casual, but never have it be too much… it always works. seriously though, look at the photo below. that outfit is amazing, and she straight up rocks it. meanwhile i have had more than enough times where i’ve looked back and thought “well, what was going through my mind when i put that on and actually decided to walk out the door.”

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the super bowl lowdown

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  1. 9020df052e48c5e2ef94e814533a60ecgo into the game with some football knowledge. first things first, please know what teams are playing on sunday. that’s something that i shouldn’t have to say, but i am, just in case. if you are unaware of who is playing,  can fill you in… the denver broncos and the seattle seahawks. also having some idea of football terms and logistics will go a long way, so this guide will provide you with the help you need.
  2. deliver the goods. this sounds like a drug deal, and i swear it’s not. if you’re going to a party, bring something! it doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but the super bowl is one of the best days during the year (in addition to thanksgiving) to eat a ton of food and drink a lot of beer. if you want to impress your fellow football viewers, here are a few simple recipes that look delicious: one, two, three.
  3. get your game day look. if you’re rooting for a team, rep their gear. if you don’t have a team, embrace some jeans and a comfy top. i’m currently deciding between wearing my friday night lights shirt or a football jersey-style shirt i have. decisions, decisions. you’ll be eating, and possibly jumping up and down (whether it’s for good/bad reasons), and you’ll need to be wearing clothes that let you move (and breathe after eating one too many doritos). 
  4. check out the commercials. some of this year’s commercials for the super bowl have started trickling in, and they are great. i love watching the game, but the commercials are great too, and it’s something I always look forward to. anna kendrick is great in this ad, budweiser has already debuted two commercials (one and two), which may or may not have made me cry, and bud light’s commercial is straight out of someone’s wildest dreams.
  5. enjoy it. it’s as simple as that. for those of us who don’t have their team playing, it may be slightly more enjoyable because of the missing stress that comes from having your team play, but still. tomorrow is just one of those days that many look forward to, whether it’s for the game, the food, or even the commercials. happy super bowl 48! (and p.s. go broncos)

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