Day at The Museum with a Badass

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When my friend Kelsey asked me if I would want to go check out the Guo Pei: Couture Beyond exhibit at SCAD with her - I screamed a bit inside. I’ve lived downtown for over a year but (embarrassingly) haven’t been to any of the SCAD museums yet. The perfect girl’s afternoon was born. Kelsey hosted an event at Thread & Onion, a local boutique and I met her there. I was so impressed with this boutique - I got one top in three different colors and a chic & smart red dress. I will definitely be back there. Everything is designed by SCAD alumni and made in Savannah.  

We lunched at Soho (you must get their grilled cheese & tomato soup combo - I always get collard greens on the side). After lunch we went to the Guo Pei exhibit. If you aren’t familiar with Guo Pei - maybe this Rihanna dress from the Met Ball 2015 will catch your attention. There were only a handful of pieces on display in Savannah, however the guides told us that in Atlanta they have around 50 pieces - so definitely check that out if you’re in the A. 

Image via GETTY IMAGES

Image via GETTY IMAGES

 

After this exhibit, we  went over to the actual SCAD Museum of Art and toured the exhibits there - so fun. I decided to go with a full-on “LOOK” for this outing. I recently got this Zara sweater dress and thought it would be cute paired with Chanel shoes, tights & cap. When it gets a bit warmer I will ditch the tights!

If you aren’t already following Kelsey - you must do so now! She’s got a smart mouth & amazing style. Her blog is called Pardon My French and we met through Instagram (where most of my new friends come from now). This blogger & mom of 4 is currently kicking cancer’s ass. She had a double mastectomy on Friday and I am just so proud to call her my friend. She really is so strong and has the best attitude about everything. So inspirational.  

Thanks Kelsey for the fun afternoon and we will do it again soon!!! Outfit details are linked at the end of the post.  

Above images taken at Pei Ling Chan Gallery & the SCAD Museum of Art. 

xoxo, 

Meredith

It's Been A While.......

HAT: ZARA (here)    BOOTS: SHOPBOP (here)

HAT: ZARA (here)    BOOTS: SHOPBOP (here)

It's been so long since I've done a proper blog post but finally, here we are. I wanted to share this fun look I wore a few weeks ago to breakfast. Hats are currently my new "thing," and I love this red one. I paired it with basics and my Dr. Marten boots which are also kinda my new "thing" as well. V London inspired. 

I feel this year has been off to such an interesting start. I'm busier than ever, all self-imposed. Honestly there are so many goals I want to accomplish - there is no time to wait. I WANT IT ALL and I'm going to get it.

I'm tired of people complaining and following that up with no action. I don't have time for you and I can't cure your problems or your self-pity. Your lack of initiative bores me to death. Complaining is a complete waste of time unless you vow to do something about what's bothering you. 

I'm realizing more than ever that change comes about by taking small actions, day by day. I really want to be a better leader. I want to be a better role model. I want crime to end in this city. I want to inspire young girls that they can achieve anything. I don't know how I'm going to do it exactly but damn it, I want to try. I'm not the best writer and it's hard for me to put these thoughts in my head into words. I don't like being vulnerable but I'm going to put that aside. 

I've got a lot more ideas like this I want to start sharing. Of course I will always share my fashion & lifestyle-type posts but I want this blog to be about more than just giving you links to clothes & makeup products. 

What are some of your goals for this year? For your life? I'd really love to hear them. It's scary to share because you don't want people to look at you crazy. Oh well - let's be crazy together. 

xoxo, 

Meredith 

 

 

 

 

What I Wish I Knew When I Quit My First "Real" Job

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Ugh - the agony, anxiety, and pain of quitting your first "real" job. I got a great part-time in college that transferred into a full-time position when I finished up with my Master's degree. At the time we were considering building a home in Statesboro, GA - I would be super close to work and we would only be 30 min away from family. I really loved the people I worked with there and I had a lot of opportunities to move up in the company. However, something felt off. I didn't feel right but didn't know what it was. Out of the blue one night, either Brandon or I said something about not really feeling "at home" in Statesboro and toyed with the idea of moving to Savannah. We both instantly knew that's what we wanted to do. I texted my BFF Kate about a job in Savannah and the wheels were in motion. I dreaded telling my boss that I was going to be resigning.

Everything happened really fast - I interviewed for a new position and got the job offer the next day. Now came the hard part - quitting! Seriously I was SO WORKED UP about it. I wasn't sleeping well, felt sick, everything. But I did it... and I cried.... and looking back - how embarrassing! Honestly, I've always been a people pleaser so the thought of disappointing my boss (whom I really respected and look up to) was too much. But of course, everything was amicable and I didn't "burn any bridges" (something my parents and Nana kept telling me was important). 

In hindsight - I had no reason to feel guilty. What I wish I knew when I quit my first job was this: 

1. Business is business. It keeps going way after you're gone.

2. If you've been a good employee - of course they don't want you to leave! It costs money & takes time to train employees and anytime turnover happens, the employer has to incur costs to replace you.

3. You have to do what's right for you - always! 

4. Be confident in your decisions. You know what your instincts are telling you - don't waiver from your truth. 

5. The anxiety goes away immediately. I felt so much better after I had just told them. And I was able to move on to being excited about my new opportunity and moving to Savannah. 

I worked at my next job for 11 months before we made to decision for me to go full time with the family business. Quitting the second job was much easier. I was nervous still but felt more confident. I learned that I didn't owe anyone a super detailed, personal explanation. 

How did you feel when you quit your first full-time job? Were you as scared as I was? Was it amicable?!? Let me know if you enjoy these kinds of posts. I really want to get more personal & engaged with you guys - I look forward to sharing more with you! 

P.S. - I still email my old boss whenever I have an accounting question. 

xoxo, 

Meredith

 

A Few Outfit Recaps

Hi guys! When I say that I have been BUSY the past few weeks - I mean it! I have missed 2 Falcons home game if that is any indication. In lieu of 3 separate posts, I opted to combine three recent outfits here and provide you a description & links to items shown. 

Also, if you're reading this, I hope you've signed up for my e-mail list! I'm sending a 20% promo code to my online store to all new subscribers. Plus, you'll be the first to know when my holiday gift guide video launches on Thanksgiving. Lastly, be sure to come out & see my new designs that I'll be showcasing at my pop-up shop this Friday at Pace Lighting on Chatham Parkway in Savannah at the "Fashion at Your Pace" that my friend Megan of @BeingMrsFowler is hosting. This should be a really fun event, and I hope to see you there! 

xoxo, Meredith 

LOOK 1 - MASCULINE +RED

I had a lot of fun playing around with this look. I actually wore this on Halloween! I am very pleased with the purchase of this Mango Blazer, and I know that I will be wearing it so much for months to come. Red is huge right now & I really wanted to play around with red pants- & red shoes. I opted to also throw in the lace hose - as I've seen tons of my favorite street-style stars rocking tights & socks lately. 

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LOOK 2 - TEDDY BEAR CHIC

Guys, I am obsessed with this luxe brown sweater. And it so SO warm. I paired it with these cream Mango jeans (another recent favorite purchase) and my go-to knit boots. This faux fur is so soft and I can't wait to wear it over & over. 

Shoes - zara

Shoes - zara

LOOK 3 - BLACK BEAR CHIC

Apparently I have a thing for war & fuzzy. I bought this jacket from Zara a few weeks ago and this was my first time wearing it. Brandon and I were going out for lunch & shopping on Saturday and I wanted to be comfortable but warm. The jacket was a bit much for day time, so I dressed it down with this hoodie from Urban Outfitters Men's section. I ended up loving how this look came together. The Celine sunnies were the perfect touch, in my opinion. 

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#SavannahBloggersNightOut: Glam Details

For Saturday night out & about Downtown Sav, I stuck with neutral colors but added a few extra products to take my everyday routine up a notch and make it a bit more glam. I really prefer to focus on having clear & glowy skin, with neutral eye colors, bronzy-peach blush & a neutral lip as well. At the bottom of the post I have linked every single product I used! I know I keep promising a makeup video tutorial - and I really hope to have that up soon. Do you use any of these products? What are some of your personal favorites that you swear by? 

To see outfit details - click here! 

xoxo, Mere

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#SavannahBloggersNightOut: Fashion Edit

LtoR: @itsmaryelaine, ME, @katelaraine @little.miss.payne @kristensiciliano @glitterandjuls @beingmrsfowler @abravemess + her {cute} son Max, @kelsey_pardonmf

LtoR: @itsmaryelaine, ME, @katelaraine @little.miss.payne @kristensiciliano @glitterandjuls @beingmrsfowler @abravemess + her {cute} son Max, @kelsey_pardonmf

Guys, this past weekend we had such a fun night out in Downtown Savannah! Several of us Savannah-based bloggers enjoyed dinner & drinks together in our best IG-worthy outfits. We enjoyed a fab meal at The Collins Quarter (and quite literally set it on fire, as a tissue paper engulfed in candle flames soon after sitting down... so embarrassing!!!) and headed to Lulu's Chocolate Bar for yummy cocktails & dessert after. Pride Weekend + Halloween weekend meant for a super busy Dwtn, but our night was perfect. I am always happy to hang out with friends & meet new ones, too. I'm fairly certain this is going to be a recurring event, so if you'd like to join us next time - let me know! 

I wanted to give you my outfit breakdown ASAP because I am absolutely obsessed with these Zara track pants. They are amazing & you must have them in your life. They are less than $40!!  In fact, my entire outfit head to toe is Zara but that shouldn't surprise you at this point. Click on each pic to take you directly to the item. :-) I was initially going to wear this outfit with a mini skirt, but as soon as I put the pants on I knew it was the right vibe. When is the last time you had a GNO? You definitely need to make it a priority to treat yourself to a night out with friends, laughter, cocktails & a great meal. 

xoxo, Meredith 

 

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Photo by: Kelsey, @kelsey_pardonmf

Photo by: Kelsey, @kelsey_pardonmf

Photo by: Kelsey, @kelsey_pardonmf

Photo by: Kelsey, @kelsey_pardonmf

Photo by: Kelsey, @kelsey_pardonmf

Photo by: Kelsey, @kelsey_pardonmf

Trinity Got Her Fence!!

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So happy that I can finally say that sweet Trinity and her family were blessed with a big & secure backyard fence today! As many of you know, I met Trinity back in June after seeing her Go Fund Me Page flyer in a local restaurant. At that time, she was raising money to get a service dog. A few weeks after I met her she was blessed with a Judah, her new Australian Labradoodle. I decided to then focus on raising money for her family to get a backyard fence for Trinity and her new puppy. 

I reached out to Renee LaSalle - she wrote an article about Trinity in Savannah Morning News and we even had an appearance on WSAV The Bridge! That same week I hosted a Pop-Up Shop at RMC Boutique downtown to continue raising money.  A few weeks went by, but I stayed positive because I knew that someway, God would bless Trinity's family. I received a phone call from Pam Cole, who had seen the newspaper article & wanted to help. I got her in touch with Nina, Trinity's mom right away! 

Today, Trinity's fence was completed. I can't say THANK YOU enough to Pam Cole and her companies, Trace Staffing & CORBAK - Office Technology Solutions for providing the fence. This was such a beautiful and generous donation to someone Pam had never even met. Now, Trinity & Judah have a safe place to play, and Nina doesn't have to worry about Trinity wandering off anymore.

I want to thank each and everyone one of my followers who shared Trinity's story & donated to her Go Fund Me Page. Thanks to Renee for helping us get Trinity's story out there. Thank you to Skye Doodle Atlanta for giving Trinity's family a HUGE discount on this wonderful puppy, and to Stan Perkins of the Wounded Warrior Dog Project for donating FREE service dog training for Judah.  

I am still blown away by all of the great things that have happened for Trinity in a few short months. It just goes to show you that it only takes a few acts of kindness to make an impact on someone's life.  I hope this inspires you in some way to pay it forward. xoxo, Meredith