11.18.2016

Merry Merry from Macy and Megan (and Basic Invite)

Holler for the holla days!!! Ready or not, tis the season folks. Starting with my birthday yesterday (!), Thanksgiving next week, and Fleastyle tomorrow (come see me!!) the holler days are in full swing. 

Basic Invite Happy Hand Template

Christmas cards are one of my favorite parts about the holidays. Sending them, receiving them, designing them - ALL THE THINGS! (Check out previous ones I've sent here.) This year I'm especially jacked up about cards as Basic Invite reached out to me to offer their services. You guys get in on it too though - use the code "GREETINGS"  - and you'll get 30% anything you order. 





This is my absolute favorite Basic Invite template but I don't have a picture that fits nicely into currently. I'll have to take one this weekend - so family and friends that are on my mailing list - act surprised. Most of you jerks don't read my blog anyway so I suppose we're good. 


 "I read your blog about twice a year." - my brother   #neat #supportive


Basic Invite "Peace on Earth" Holiday Card Template

Basic Invite also does wedding invites, baby announcements, invitations, and they're all supes cute guys so keep them in mind. If you end up ordering a card with the "GREETINGS" discount code, let me know. I'll want to see what you picked out! Better yet, mail me one.

Happy Weekend!


*Come see me tomorrow at Fleastyle where I'll be selling/signing both my books from 9am-4pm at Silver Street Studios. If you've never been to Fleastyle it's ah-mazing!!


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11.14.2016

Buongiorno from Italy!

Buongiorno my long lost blog readers!!!! Can you hear me? Is anyone still out there?! 

I know it's been a minute. Mad Meg has forced me to let this blog go a bit, and I think that's a good thing. I could, (and maybe will?) write an entire post about the current blogging landscape and my complicated relationship to it but today I'd like to not overthink it and just post some pics with maybe a caption or two. Cool? 

So without further ado, let's get started.
(Not all these were taken by me. If it's good, it's probably stolen from Kim or Jess's instagram.)


-MILAN-
We started out in thee worldly fashion capital that is Milan. I actually arrived 24 hours before my travel companions as I'm an idiot and somehow booked the wrong dates. Not a problem though - this "VIP GUIDE" to Milan via Elle Magazine hooked it up.
Here is a church we saw and to be honest that's the extent I know about it.
My take on European cathedrals is that if you've seen one, you've seen them all.
Amen.
Peace out Milan. Off to Venice!

-VENICE-
Exiting the Venice train station to this was, hands down, the most incredble scenery I saw.


Since we were only in Venice for 24 hours, and arrived late in the afternoon, we missed our opportunity for a gondola ride. I did find a dude willing to take us on an "after hours" spin but the pitch blackness, tight fit, and stench from the water made it feel more like a refugee ride than a romantic rendezvous. We laughed through it regardless.

-FLORENCE-


D's P.
We
 also saw The Last Supper in Milan. 


Another pretty cathedral. Pretty boring that is. 
Ha! Nailed it.


-LAKE COMO- 
Our day trip to Lake Como (from Milan) was a trip highlight.
Though it was nippy and "off season" for Lake Como, we had a boat chartered so we could get the waterfront view of the thousands of vacation homes. Not a bad situation for those people.

Clooney hunting.



Word.


**Come back tomorrow guys where I have another post already lined up for you.
(About Christmas cards!!! Tis the season!)

**And this Saturday I have a booth at Fleastyle where I'll be selling/signing both my books from 9am-4pm at Silver Street Studios. If you've never been to Fleastyle it's ah-mazing!!

Ciao Bellas!



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9.19.2016

Fall Fashion a la Megan

This week I got rid of about 50% of my wardrobe and I can't tell you how freeing it felt. Freeing but difficult. I knew from the amazing yet cancelled tv show What Not To Wear that humans have an emotional connection to our clothes. AMEN! Why it was hard to get rid of pieces I haven't worn in years is beyond me. But I did it and was rewarded for doing so at Buffalo Exchange where I made out like a banjee. Bandit? What is this expression??

Anyway, now that I have a capsule wardrobe(ish), it's much easier to see what I need for "fall" which is more of a concept here in Houston than it is an actual thing. (97 degrees today with a humidity of 88% percent.) Neat. Have a good one guys!



LEOPARD PRINT


SLIP DRESSES


GRAPHIC TEES


BLOCK HEELS



TWO TONED BOOTS

9.07.2016

The Best of the World Wide Web

I haven't been writing on the internet much lately but that doesn't mean 
I haven't been reading it. Here are a few links that I insist you check out....Do it now! 

This top comes in so many colors!!!

THE BEST OF THE WORLD WIDE WEB


KEEPING IT REAL // My friend Esther wrote a very honest, relatable post for Scary Mommy called Why I Don't Tell People About My Toddler and Newborn. (It went viral it was so good!) 

And my bestie, Candace, wrote a post called Who Am I Now? about feeling "a little stuck" as a freshly 40 mother transitioning into yet another new season of life.

ASMR // As someone who experiences ASMR and receives ridicule from my mean friends about it. (Julianna, Chuck, and Jeremy - you are all rude.) I'm excited and feel validated that it's making its way into mainstream pop culture. Cara Delevingne made this ASMR video with W Mag!!  

AMY SCHUMER// Fellow Amy Schumer fans, watch her hour long interview on Charlie Rose.

HILARE // The Dope Ass Mom released her 2nd video in her web series called "How to Potty Train Your Kids" and it's hilare, per anything she does. Watch it here.

DIY // Holy cow - my friend Kirsten made this DIY baby mobile and its awesome. I don't think it pertains exclusively to babies. I'd do this in black and white and hang it my house!!! 

RAD WEBSITE // I discovered lifestyle website, Lovechild, last night that I'm adding it to my blogroll.

SHOPPING // I bought this top  (as seen above) from Free People in two colors! (Black and Light Pink.)

NAMASTE// Diggin this French yoga/active wear line, Lole!



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8.23.2016

BEST GRAPHIC TEE EVER


How fantastic is my new shirt? That’s not a rhetorical question.
It’s so fantastic that when I retrieved it from my mailbox this morning on the way to work, I went back home so I could change into it.


Though I wish I could take credit for it, Miss Ashley Lewis of Modishly Naturopathic made it for me. I met her last week at the MarketStreet Blogger Crawl where she was sporting hers and taking orders from fellow bloggers dying for their own.  (Which is the same way a lot of popular designers get their start! If Ashley becomes a break-out designer, I fully intend to take credit for it.)


Posing at 9am on a Tuesday morning, as one does. 

Have a good day friends. Life is good!




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8.20.2016

Greetings from Minocqua!

Greetings from Minocqua, WI were I spent last weekend at our family's lake house.
Cue the house. 
Mace loved driving the boat this year which worked out as we needed a designated driver.
I have a very complex relationship to my blog these days but one thing that I'll always love and appreciate about it is the fact that I can look back to our trip to Mincoqua last summer and see how much lil Roman has changed in just a year.




RyRy and Ro Ro.

Hey Jer.


Classic Grandpa shot.


Dad and Nance.

Flying with kids blows no matter what but hauling all this shit solo is as emotionally tolling as it is physically.  Sometimes I cry and sometimes I feel like an empowered, bad ass bitch. Sometimes both, making fellow travelers super uncomfortable when a crying, smiling psycho boards the inter-terminal train.



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8.11.2016

THE MAKING OF "DOPE ASS MOM TIPS"

While the majority of Mad Meg clients come to us via referral, Andrea Levoff and I go back to the early 2000's. We both had moved to Chicago after college, as did my cousin, Anne-Marie, who introduced us. I'm not sure if this classifies as nepotism, but if it does, I'm cool with it.

Andrea, who eventually got a Masters in Spiritual Psychology, became a mom, and dabbled as a stand-up comic, called me this winter and pitched me an idea for a hilarious web series she'd had after seeing a Tina Fey bit. I loved the concept and was excited to fully flush out the idea, build a brand around it, and utilize my storyboarding skills I'd learned in a screenwriting class I took way a few years prior.

For the next few months we worked together remotely and I flew to Chicago twice - once for meetings with potential production company partners and then again for the actual shoot day which I'll walk you through now.



DOPE ASS MOMS SHOOT DAY 
JUNE 24th 2016


4am - Board plane for Chicago.
FML.



9am- Arrive at Andrea's Lincoln Park home.



11am - Hang out with child stars Max and Anna. (Andrea's kids) 



2pm - Make Andrea's hair & makeup girl do my hair. Sorry not sorry.



6pm - Drink champagne!
Cheers to Guy Bauer Productions for making the web series better than Andrea and I could have ever imagined and being so cool and funny throughout the process. Love them! 



And now, without further ado, may I formally introduce, Andrea Levoff's web series called Dope Ass Mom Tips.




Episodes titled "How to Potty Train Your Kids" and "What to do When Your Kids Are Being Jerks" to follow soon. Sign up on Andrea's website to be emailed upon their release. And visit her speaking page to book her for one of her four keynote presentations!!


P.S. Have you entered my essential oils giveaway on instagram? Do it now!!



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