8.19.2014

A Love Celebration

As you may recall from here, my brother and (now) sister-in-law were married in Big Sur a few months ago. This weekend marked, as they referred to it, their "love celebration" with friends and family in Door County, Wisconsin. The celebration commenced Friday night with a massive bonfire followed by a more traditional party the following evening.
 
Being so close to the bride (right) and groom, I knew my gift had to be something truly special. My love of photography paired with my propensity to be cheap made being their "wedding photographer" the perfect gift. Or so I thought. As I'm going through my pictures today, I'm having second thoughts.
 
 For example, I have prolific pics of me and this shirtless specimen.
Pictures of the bride and groom, however, seem to be a bit more sparse.
 
More pictures of me....


Alright, here we go. Here is one of the bride and groom.
See how I caught that elation in their faces? It's a trick of the trade.
Perhaps my favorite part of the night were the speeches.I wrote one that Danny and I delivered. Unless someone reading this didn't like it, in which case, Danny penned it.
 
 
I think this is my favorite pic from the evening. Allow me to introduce my first cousins. Contracts still pending, our very own reality show will be airing this fall on E!. "Hanging out with the Halpins" will focus on how our Irish heritage manifests itself into a curious union of both ambition and alcoholism.

Another photo masterpiece!
What we have a here is my high school "golf team" reunion pic!
Didn't peg me as a golfer? Me either. I tried out as a joke but somehow ended up sticking out the season. Jokes on me I guess.
In all seriousness, the "love celebration" was one of the best weekends of my life. It was so great to see so many important people from my past that I don't get to see anymore living in Texas. The weekend was so special, so emotional, so nostalgic, and above all, fun.

Right Mark?



P.S. Now that I'm back home from my Midwestern tour, you can expect a more consistent blogging schedule.


 
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8.13.2014

My Love Triangle

Greetings from The Midwest! Macy and I have been on a 3 week pilgrimage between Chicago and Milwaukee visiting our prolific friends and family. The trip has been building up to this weekend which will culminate in my brother & Julianna's wedding.  
 
Having been gone from Texas for so long, I miss my house, my husband, and my dog (mostly my dog!) I'm definitely homesick. On the other hand, I've been having such special, fulfilling visits with friends and family that I'm finding myself homesick for here too. I think we all buy in that at the core of life, family and good friends are the most important pillar, so I can't help but question if living in Texas, so drastically far from our loved ones, is the right decision for my family. (I mean, it obviously is in the winter but still.)
 
Perhaps I'm just emo because I stayed up all night watching the first season of Chicago Fire (anyone?) and haven't slept. Or perhaps this sentiment is one that many of you, in a similar situation, can relate to. I'm in a love triangle between Texas and my friends and family. (A platonic one obviously. Incest, not so much.)
 
Because there is no immediate answers to life's big dilemmas like this, I'm gonna sit back, live life, and see how it all plays out. And in the meantime I'll cherish the following memories that I've made this past month. Feel free to peruse them below.
 



 
And for real, is anyone watching Chicago Fire? Taylor Kinney. Hubba Hubba.
 
 
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8.07.2014

Macy's 1st Haircut

I've been trying to solidify the game plan for Macy's hair as she's been looking sheep dog-esque for weeks now. Though baby ombre was on the table, I decided to go with just a classic bang trim. 
 
 However Macy's stylist, Richie, talked me out of it. He said cutting her bangs would just perpetuate the problem. He insisted that her bangs needed to keep growing and that, instead, we should cut the back slightly to balance out her look.
 
I was skeptical and nervous. The last thing I wanted to do was cut off her baby curls but Richie is the man!!! (Brio salon in Milwaukee folks!) Just a little bit off the back and Mace immediately had a little bob going.
 
Here we on the floor where the haircut originated.  Halfway thru we moved to a chair, breaked to eat some Sun Chips off the ground, and then back to the chair.
 
There's Richie! He said that I shouldn't cut Macy's hair for a year because it's now set to grow out properly. (Ignore Macy's traumatized pose. I'm just holding her string cheese which was very upsetting to her at the time.)

The finished look. I've been calling it "the Latina Suri Cruise".


THE END


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8.05.2014

Sister Styling for Langford Market

My sister, Julianna, and I recently worked on a project for Langford Market styling 1 skirt, 4 ways. Schoolgirl skirts can be famously hard to style - especially at our ripe age of 32 25. This skirt breed can quickly look juvenile or like a cheap Britney Spears costume if styled wrong. (I know from experience. Halloween 2007 baby!) #itsbritneybitch

So without any futher ado, here are the four looks me and my jewelry designer sis came up with.

WITH SEQUINS
 
AS A SHIRT
 
WITH AN OVERSIZED SWEATER

WITH TULLE UNDERNEATH


Skirt available at your local Langford!



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8.04.2014

CONQUEST MAGAZINE

As I explain in depth here, I had the opportunity to write for my first print publication called Conquest Magazine. It was published last week in the Summer 2014 issue.
This is my Home Improvement "Wilson" impression.
 
Macy is in it too which we'll make sure to note on her pre-school applications.
 
 
 
The most exciting thing about this whole thing was that famed photog Wyatt McSpadden came to my casa to shoot the photography for the article.
 
photo by Wyatt McSpadden
 
 
If you're interested you can read the article here.

If you're not interested you can check out this video I instagrammed over the weekend which I equally enjoy.

Have a great day everyone! Life is good!
 

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7.31.2014

FRINGE IT UP


Here's something profound about me. 
I like fringe. 
If something has fringe on it - I'm probably going to like it. 

 Me just fringin it up.

*Photos by Paige Budde. Check out her new site here.

Because I like to push my thoughts and opinions onto others, I encourage you to embrace this fave trend of mine and don't stay on the on the fringe of it. (Yep. That just happened.) 



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//SHOP FRINGE NOW//

7.29.2014

How To Navigate A Hangover


While I won't go into detail regarding a recent hangover, I will share that it culminated in having a Chicago cab driver pull over on Lake Shore Drive so I could puke** into a beautifully manicured flower bed in front of The W Hotel.

**and dry heave

While this sophisticated behavior is admittedly classy and mature, I'm confident it will never happen again, because I've since discovered this article with truly insightful hangover tips.

For example, did you know eating burnt toast can help hangovers because the carbon mocks a "carbon slurry" that hospitals use to treat alcohol poisoning? Good to know.


With love from AA,
Megan


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