Friday, August 29, 2014

Lake Swim

Happy Friday!!! So pumped about a long holiday weekend. A close friend of mine from college is coming in town tonight, and I will be at home with the fam for the rest of the weekend. There will be lots of relaxing and poolside lounging : ). I'll surely be wearing my new Dar Be Dar bikinis, which I am obsessed with. I'm thrilled to be collaborating with the designer of this swimwear line, Tala Raassi, who you will get to meet in an upcoming post. Tala, who has been named one of Newsweek's Most Fearless Women in the World, is an inspiration and a picture of strength. Stay tuned for my interview and more posts featuring her gorgeous and affordable swimsuits. Shop Tala's gorge Resort and Spring designs here

It's tough to choose a favorite suit from this post, but I'm leaning toward the tan bikini, which is the Euphoria style. I love the braided detail on the sides of the bottoms. Super flattering cut. I discovered during this shoot, with my talented friend, lifestyle photographer, Kenwyn Alexander, that these swimsuits are amazing for an active lifestyle. Everything stayed in place while running and splashing through the water at Oak Mountain State Park. I can't wait to visit again - so beautiful. 

I absolutely love these photos : ) Definitely some of my all time favorites. Again, I feel like these are very 'Mary'. Bravo, Kenwyn - these are dynamite. 

More Dar Be Dar love to come! 


Bracelets: Geoffrey Scott (Tulum Style) | Caftan: Elizabeth and James
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Leather and Olive

I am so excited about fall! The cooler air this morning hints at a new season, and I can't wait. I love September and October weather in Alabama and am looking forward to fall clothes. My photographer friend Kenwyn Alexander shot these gorgeous photos in Oak Mountain. For those of you who have never met me in person, these are very 'Mary'. I feel like my personality comes through a lot, which I absolutely love. :) 

Right now, I'm drawn to touches of leather and olive colored everything. When I spotted these Saratoga heels by Coach, I had to invest. Love them! This style is also available in a warmer and cooler shade of tan, but the olive is on point for this fall. Ditto for makeup. I also did a smokey olive eye for these photos, using Estee Lauder Pure Color eye shadow. 

The leather bracelets and cuffs I'm wearing are from my designing friend Rachell Khoo's Chivalry Menswear line. I love incorporating touches of masculinity to keep my overall look from being to sweet. For my first outfit, I'm wearing the Combatant and the Seafarer styles. For my second look, I'm wearing the Crown of Thorns and the Gladiator style. I wear the Crown of Thorns style almost everyday - it's just $7. : ) I currently have my eye on the Colonial Flip sunglasses (in both black and tortouise!) and the Scout Watch. Obsessed. Def check out Rachell's affordable line. 

Another piece I adore that I'm wearing here is this cream Marc By Marc Jacobs sweater, which is deliciously cozy. The fabric feels amazing. The Lucinda sweateralso by Marc by Marc Jacobs, is a comparable style. 

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

x, M

Photos: Kenwyn Alexander on Instagram | Jean shorts: Free People | Sunglasses and gold ring: Nasty Gal | Purse: Kate Spade | White Tank: Free People | Jeans: Marc By Marc Jacobs | Gold bangle: Chloe and Isabel from Style By Anna Lisa | Striped Cosmetic Bag: Rebekah Minkoff
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014


I recently had the pleasure of visiting the family in my hometown, Florence. It was an amazing weekend that involved playing with my dog son, Shon, whipping up body scrubs with my mom, and getting spoiled with my dad's killer pancakes. Lots of good food, actually. Here, I am off to dinner in downtown Florence, and I had a super awesome photographer with me: mom. I enlisted her as photographer on the way, and she kindly obliged and snapped this look for me. : ) 

I love contrasts, and for summer, bright pops of color. This outfit started with these adorable chain bracelets by Chains By Lauren. It was surprisingly easy to get dressed after settling on the jewelry... may have to do this more often : ). Here, I'm wearing the Goa and Bahia styles. Totally in love with Lauren's designs - she has a fab selection of beach jewelry. (Obsessed with this colorful one!). I love these bracelets paired with this Elizabeth and James pencil skirt. Keeps it from looking too serious. So do the shiny blue sunglasses, which are by LeSpecs

Check out Lauren's Instagram page and her site for more adorable beachy jewelry. Happy Tuesday!
x, M

Leather bracelet: Chivalry Menswear 
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