The November Edit: Must Haves for Fall

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

It is finally starting to cool down in LA (at least this week).  I'm after classic pieces this month with a bit of a twist.  Check out more fashion posts here, and read on for everything I'm craving these days:

01. Shaina Mote Opus dress: I think this might be the most perfect classic black dress.  The kimono style is gorgeous, and you can dress it up or down.  Not to mention the flowy silhouette means you can grab that second helping at thanksgiving.
02. Rachel Comey Almer leather wedges: I am completely obsessed with these shoes. They're the perfect non-heel shoe thats a big step up from your traditional wedge.  I love how unique and versatile these are!
03. Tiro Tiro Arcos earrings: When it comes to statement earrings, I tend to keep it simple.  These are attention-grabbing yet classic all at the same time.
04. Shinola Runwell watch: I converted to Shinola about a year ago and haven't looked back, except to look at all their other amazing watches, including this stunning navy, leather, and gold combo.
05. Ray-Ban retro round sunglasses: Flashy lenses are so fun, and surprisingly, they go with much more than you'd think.  The mirrored colored lens trend is one I'm very much on board with.
06. Madewell & Biltmore fedora: Guys, hats are everything lately.  They take your outfit from great to fantastically chic, and I fully support you owning many different styles and colors.
07. rose gold bobbis: You girls.  We all use bobby pins.  And now they don’t have to be ugly!  These super cute rose gold bobbis are the perfect things to spice up those wispsy tendrils.
08. Lucky Brand Route fringe crossbody: So, it looks like fringe isn't going anywhere.  And I'm okay with that.  In fact, I embrace it, and I'm ready for fringe on a bigger scale.
09. Madewell patchwork scarf: I love a good oversized scarf - they're perfect to keep you cozy around your neck, or as a shawl.
10. Dior Addict lip glow: A friend recently introduced me to this amazing lip balm/gloss that reacts with each woman's lips to produce a unique color.  It's basically a magic lip balm, and it's super moisturizing as well!

A Multi-Purpose Guest Room

Monday, November 9, 2015

I know what you're thinking.  A guest room?  You're all, Megan, I know you're ambitious, but you can't Diagon Alley yourself an extra bedroom.  Don't worry, Harry Potter didn't magically become real overnight, and you weren't left to live as a muggle while all your friends became wizards and witches.  I'll tell you what did happen though; we moved!

We've been talking about leaving our small 1 bedroom apartment for a long time, but it took about a zillion years to find something awesome.  After 8,000 years of searching, we found a great little two bedroom beach bungalow in Santa Monica.  The house was built in the '30's, and has great and weird charm to it that we fell in love with.  It's got quirky built-ins, bright light, a formal dining room, pretty archways, oddly placed octagonal stained glass windows, a vintage stove, a hideously tiled backsplash, a bay window, and a charming little back yard with bougainvilleas, and not one, but TWO lemon trees.  One regular, and one meyer.  And you know I'm completely thrilled by it.

More to come on the house and decorating it soon.  For now, we are focusing on the guest bedroom.  We had a wee moving mishap and couldn't get our sofa in the door due to crazy turns, narrow doorways, and too short ceilings (our sofa was 8' long).  The only door we could get it into was to the guest bedroom, and it was just too big in there.  So alas, we had to sell it.

Now, we don't have people visit constantly, but when we do we want our friends and family to have a space for themselves and to feel at home.  But, we also want to keep the tv out of the formal living room, and to actually use the extra room.  So we decided to make the space both a guest room and a tv room.  How exactly do you do that you ask?  Well, to make it functional for us (movie watching), and for guests (sleeping), there is this magical thing called the daybed which combines a sofa and bed all in one.
clockwise, l to r: house beautiful // sf girl by bay // apartment therapy //  the joye //
amber interiors // apartment therapy // lonny // the style files //
I'm going for a relaxed, happy, comfortable space.  It's a small room so I don't want too much going on in there.  I'd like to find a simple day bed, storage is a plus, and something that's ultra comfy for sleeping and lounging.

Stay tuned as I narrow down options!

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