March of Dimes Shamrock Run Fundraising Challenge

Hi! One of my best friends Kate Haslam and I are teaming up to raise $1,500 for the Shamrock Run! Kate is serving on this year's Executive Leadership team for the run and asked me to join her on this fundraising challenge. March of Dimes supports healthy moms & babies during pregnancy and at birth. Click below to watch our video! Also you can donate directly to our team by clicking here.  

There will be a ton of activities next Friday, March 9th downtown Savannah for the Shamrock Run. Several food trucks, music, activities and beverages!  Thanks in advance for your donations! 

xoxo, Meredith 

Appreciating Minimalism in "Blogger" Culture

I don’t know about you, but more and more when I scroll on Instagram I’m feeling like I’m constantly being advertised to. I can’t tell you how many bloggers I’ve unfollowed because I just don’t feel like they are being authentic with their posts anymore. (Note: this post isn’t to bash blogging/Instagram as a business. I think it is a brilliant business venture where a lot of money can be made but this is addressing the parts of it that I don’t like.)

Today, big bloggers means big business. Those who’ve garnered a large following are able to make a considerable amount of money from affiliate links, sponsored blog posts and sponsored Instagram posts. I’ve done a ton of research about affiliate links and sponsored posts with my own website & Instagram. Last year I also attended a Create & Cultivate seminar in NYC that was geared towards social media business. 

You see - when bloggers (and myself) post shopping links to their outfit as I’ve done at the end of this post, they can get paid per click or paid with a sale is made. This is called an affiliate link. Because my following isn’t that big yet, I haven’t really made that much money at all from these links. But, if you’ve got 200K followers that are clicking on your shirt link - the money really starts to add up! And bloggers should get paid for this - they are showing you where an outfit came from and providing you with the exact link to make your shopping easier. I think it gets excessive when bloggers link several options though - for example - I may link this jacket I’m wearing and then link 5 other jackets. To me this is time wasted for the viewer but it delivers more clicks. I could link 5 jackets that *look* the same but how do I know what the quality of the jacket is? I haven’t worn those other jackets so I’m not going to be okay linking a jacket that may be shitty quality just to get more clicks. 

Look at Instagram posts and you may notice hashtags such as #spon #ad #sponsored #paidpartnership - these are signs that the blogger is being paid to post about the product. I know a lot of bloggers who are ethical who really only do sponsored posts with products they either currently use or have tested for a few weeks before sharing. However, there are a lot of bloggers who do sponsored posts for items that, in my opinion, they don’t use. Even though I don’t have a lot of followers, I have gotten a ton of emails offering me paid posts. Examples include: teeth whitening kits, cheap jewelry & sunglasses, and Jord watches to name a few. I have refused these partnerships because 1. I got my teeth whitening kit from my dentist 2. I don’t wear a lot of jewelry and 3. I have one vintage watch that I love and I wouldn’t necessarily buy a Jord watch because it’s not my style. 

Another topic I’d like to discuss is that I’m sure you’ve noticed when bloggers get free stuff. Of course that is a pretty fun perk! Who wouldn’t want to receive free skin care, makeup & clothes? Sounds like a dream to me. BUT - these full-time bloggers are then able to wear 4-5 different outfits during a day, photograph them all and then have so much content to share with you several times a day. They are of course using affiliate links for these free items - affiliate links that they are getting paid when you click on them - and they didn’t even have to pay for the sweater or accessory. 

The excessive NEW NEW NEW that we are being force fed is exhausting. Normal people don’t have 2 different outfits for every day of the month. What happened to someone showing you a sweater that they absolutely LOVE and not only that - but actually photographing it and posting it more than once? I don’t know about you - but when I invest $200 in my favorite pair of jeans - you better believe that I’m going to wear them 3-4 times a week and be photographed in them constantly. After all, that’s why you invest in a closet staple, no? I love having my go-to jeans t-shirts. That I can wear over and over again and feel confident and beautiful in. 

I wouldn’t say that I am obsessed with following fashion trends, but I do appreciate fashion and I like to have a certain aesthetc when I dress every day. I choose to invest in staple items like jeans, shoes & bags and then buy a few trendy pieces to fill in the gaps. It’s not normal to buy *50 must - have items for Spring* (literally the title of a Shop Style Instagram Story link that truly pissed me off). 50? Fifty? How about FIVE trends you should try for spring? This link is pressuring you to feel like you need 50 items for spring when truly you don’t NEED any of it. 

I know this post is getting lengthy but I just had to get a few things off of my chest. I will always be honest and authentic with you guys. I wouldn’t turn down sponsorships or paid posts if it was something that I really like and would purchase anyway. But I also wouldn’t have every post I put on Instagram be sponsored, you feel me?  

Please avoid the feeling that you don’t have enough or that you need more. True style isn’t about how many shirts you have - it’s about how you wear the shirts that you do have.  

What are your thoughts on all of this? Do you think the sponsored content is getting excessive or have you not even noticed it? I’d love to know!  

Xoxo, Meredith  

 

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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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