10.22.2014

THE BEST THING I EVER ATE


Hey kids! I'm kicking off a new series on the Langford Market blog today called "The Best Thing I Ever Ate. Click on over to see what my answer was!!! #suspense


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10.20.2014

Big Vs. Aidan - What your choice says about you

**I've recently been working on a design-based Sex And The City project. This, paired with my inability to change the channel when E! plays a SATC rerun, has resurrected the Aidan vs. Big deliberation for me. I've always maintained that what Team one resides on (Team Aidan vs. Team Big) speaks volumes about a person. But it wasn't until recently, in a highly caffeinated moment in which I was procrastinating on less stimulating responsibilities, that I felt compelled to pen my thoughts on this age old debate. I added a slew of hashtags throughout the prose because, well, I'm obsessed with hashtags.

Please enjoy.



AIDAN VS. BIG, by Megan Silianoff
There are many ways we as woman define and differentiate ourselves; blonde vs. brunette, sorority girl vs. can’t stand sorority girls, stay-at-home Mom vs. career woman. While all these groupings arguably represent something innate about ourselves, the most exposed and naked we’ll ever be is when we voice our preference between two proper nouns. Aidan. Or Big.

Aidan’s character in Sex And The City was comprised of what so many woman are looking for and not finding. Stability. Security. Safety. Friendship. Routine.  Children. All of this being what Aidan offered to Carrie – a life essentially. An arguably good one with prolific custom-made furniture. #nomorefreakingIkea  Aidan was a good guy – a trustworthy guy.  Which is precisely why both Applebee’s and Walgreens snagged him to do commercial voiceovers. They want you to feel warm and fuzzy when you order your “Quesadilla Burger” and pick up your monthly IUD.

But then there was Big. As in big risk.  John, as we know him now, is everything that Aidan wasn’t.  Unavailable.  Unreliable.  Exciting. Dangerous.  Spontaneous. Wealthy.  Fun! With Big, it’s more fucking than lovemaking.  More cocktails than casseroles.  More “Drunk in Love” than “Bonnie and Clyde.”  #jayandbey But while the butterfly infestation in your stomach is intoxicating and addicting, it can transform a woman into a living corpse when it ends. And it very well might end.

So what’s a girl to do? #toughcall

Depends on who she is and what she wants out of life.

Your friends who viscerally answer “Aidan” to this proposition are perhaps more family oriented. They won’t risk the opportunity of creating a family for a potentially fleeting fling.  (Or similarly perhaps they won’t leave their family.) They want a ring on it. They want a partner.  They want a best friend. They want commitment. They want to grow old with their husband and know that every Sunday morning they have a standing date at the dog park. #Pete

It’s not that your friends that reply “Big” don’t want all or most of that too. They very much do. It’s just they’re willing to chance (or physically can’t walk away from) the all encompassing, up all night, perpetually smiling, can’t eat, every love song is incredibly meaningful, incessantly texting, floating through life, love. Even though they suspect and acknowledge it’s not a sentiment that is sustainable forever.  A woman who opts for Big would rather have several years of ecstasy over a lifetime of complacency. 

Alfred Lord Tennyson famously says 'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” #couldhaveswornthatwasShakespeare  While Carrie’s choice was indecisive and ridiculously messy #trainwreck she says it all here, 'I’m looking for love. Real love. Ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can’t-live-without-each-other love.'

So the question stands. Who do you choose – Aidan or Big? #nopressure

CALL TO ACTION!!! *Please note the Aidan vs. Big poll I added to my sidebar, directly to your right. Let's get a sense of where we, as a Greetings from Texas community, stand on this matter. Our deaths via ebola and Isis attacks might be imminent but at least we'll have made some headway and received closure on this crucial matter. 




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10.16.2014

To the Wall, To the Wall

Announcement!!! I'm pregnant!!! JK - but now that I have your attention, let me tell you the real thing! I bought a house!! And by that I mean my younger, more responsible, real estate savvy, financially richer, little brother bought a house! But he said it could be mine too which is obviously amazing. 
The location of this said house is in my native state of Wisconsin. Minocqua, Wisconsin - an "up north" lake town. And it gets better - this isn't just some random cabin. This house has been in our family for decades. It used to be my Grandpa's house where my family would visit every summer from the time I was born until late my high school years. Minocqua is where I ate my very first pizza, learned to water ski, and had my first puberty talk with my mom upon reading Where are you God? It's Me, Margaret

The nostalgia and emotional connection to this house is so strong I could cry right now - but that's probably just the pregnancy hormones. Ha! JK guys - just making sure you're still reading!

Now that this house is back in our family, we all have responsibilities in terms of getting it functional again. For example, my brother is in charge of paying for it. That's a big one. His wife, Julianna, is in charge of decorating it. My Uncle Kelly is going to build a bunk house. And me? I was just gonna show up and see if anyone wanted to watch Macy for a minute. But then Julianna delegated "sourcing the kitchen wallpaper"  my way which we're all gonna do now. Get excited.


MEGAN'S KITCHEN WALLPAPER PICKS


Top Left  Petal Pusher Wallpaper, via Anthro
Top Center  Blossom Wallpaper, Navy/Red, via Serena & Lily
Top Right Poppies Red Wallpaper, via Houzz
Bottom Left Blossom Tropic Pop Navy Mural, via Murals your way
Bottom Center Antler Gray Wallpaper, via Houzz
Bottom Right Triangles Wallpaper, vai Houzz


Any winners Jules? Or do you want some more options?

If so, I'm going to need the help of my dear Greetings from Texas readers on good places to shop wallpaper. I officially don't know where else to look after perusing Anthro, Serena & Lily, and Houzz. Help me out in the comments section y'all if you don't mind.

P.S. If you are a stalker trolling the internet for people like me who overshare about their specific whereabouts, therefore making themselves an easy target for murder, please erase this post from your memory now. Thanks!
XO,
Megan


-SHOP OTHER WALLPAPERS I LIKE -
(that don't necessarily work for a kitchen)




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10.14.2014

LENA DUNHAM'S AUSTIN BOOK EVENT

Sunday night my friend, Laurie, and I eagerly entered Central Presbyterian Church. Despite it being an hour until "showtime" the congregation was reminiscent of a Christmas Eve Mass or the scene in Sister Act when the Pope came to hear the nuns sing their secular/sacred mashups. Laurie and I, deciding we could get a terrible seat immediately, or in an hour post a glass of delicious cabernet, opted for the latter option.

My favorite parts of the night included
  • Lena's willingness to use the word "fuck" and its respective variations (motherfucker, fucking, etc.) in a church 

  • Her Q&A section. I found this much more interesting than when she did several readings from her book.  I'm not a huge fan of straight "readings" at book events. I'd rather spend the face time gaining insight from the author or hearing something from them that I wouldn't otherwise be purvey to.

  • Lena's thoughts on the current state of feminism. An audience member asked Lena if she thought there would ever be another feminist movement like there was in the 60's. Lena immediately answered that she thought it was happening RIGHT NOW. She cited BeyoncĂ© (read this) and Taylor Swift as huge societal wins in recognizing feminism simply means " a person who believes in social, political, and economic equality of sexes." Meaning, if you're not a feminist, you're pretty much a terrible person. #A.C.Slater

  • Lena's outfit which I sourced for you below.  Nastygal dressed Lena for her tour which, to me, is pretty much living the dream. I admit its a less respectable and less ambitious dream than say, Martin Luther Kings, but shop the complete Lena Dunham/Nasty Gal Lookbook before you completely judge me.



- LOOK LIKE LENA-

 
 
 
Did anyone see Lena in another city? I'd be interested to hear about it in how it compared to what I described above! Indulge me with me a comment below, no?
 
  
Photography Credit 
Top Collage:  Upper left photo by @v_rawrr //bottom left photo by @cocoarosie
Bottom Collage: photo of Lena by @amityyy
 

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10.13.2014

SAVE THE DATE: TEXAS STYLE COUNCIL 2015

Fellow bloggers and business biatches - get excited! Texas Style Council 2015 has a date and registration opens next month. Take a Sharpie and write "Hell Mothafuckin Yeah!" over the weekend of March 20 - 22nd, 2015. 


This year TXSC is getting "back to basics." We're heading to Camp Texlake, Texas (read about accommodations here) and focusing on creating crazy good content as opposed to crazy good statistics. It's precisely the type of programming I'm interested in during this blogging vs slogging era that we're existing in. Indiana's tagline for the weekend (Hi Indiana! I love you!) is "create a meaningful presence". She gets it guys.


This analogy makes me feel old (#botox) but TXSC is similar to college in that the people you meet early on often end up becoming life long besties. I walked into my first TXSC event intimidated and not knowing anyone. I nervously introduced myself to a tall blond whose name was Kirsten Stoddard. A year later Kirsten and I were in her apartment working on the Houston Blogger Symposium.  Later that night I saw a hot girl in a black bodysuit from across the room. We eventually spoke, bonded over the fact that we were both from Chicago, and before I knew it Lauren Kelp and I were working for Lulu & Georgia on this little ditty. (P.S. Check out Lauren's brand new website.)

The list of women I met through TXSC and went on to work with, trade leads and opportunities with, hone friendships with, and most importantly, get drunk with during this respective weekend, is too long to count - but I will anyway.
//Pics from TXSC 2013 and 2014//

(Some of the many) friends made through TXSC:

-Davina Tweedy - Um, she's now my boss at Langford Market. NBD.

-Michelle Pimm - Michelle wrote a SXSW trend report for the Langford Market blog, she wrote a rave review of my book (I had to pay her but still!) and Macy is showing signs of looking just like Michelle when she's an adult which is exciting because Michelle is a smokeshow.  

-Jessie Artigue -  We were #teamspeakeasy at Alt Summit and I used her consulting services to help me come up with PR/marketing strategies for my book.   

-Jessie Coulter: I had Jessie write an ATX City Guide for Langford Market's blog. 

-Becky Murphy: We were written up in the Houston Chron together and did a book signing together this July. We also presented, From Blog to Book, at TXSC last year. Our biggest collab of all, however, was this Saturday when we joined forces to split a pizza at dinner. 

-Jen Moulton: Wear her jewelry, k guys? I know I do.  Jen too was in on the pizza collaboration on Saturday night. Her contribution was essential as she made us order a salad in effort to be healthy. #vegetables

-Linda - Linda was a creative contributor to my BHLDN Style shoot, contributed to the Langford Market Bride to Bride series, and she is my go-to girl for wedding gifts.

-Amber Venz: I'm such a Amber Venz fangirl and I got to spend significant time with her last year. 

This blogroll of sorts is making me feel way too emo (#needkleenex) and way too anxious that I'm forgetting someone. (#needxanax) The point I'm trying to make however is that TXSC is truly a beautiful thing. I've gotten so much out of it; professionally, personally, and materialistically (#swag!) that I'm passionate about encouraging greener bloggers to attend and reap the "life value add" that I have. 

See you guys in March!  


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10.08.2014

YouTube Interview with Julie Bortnick


Last week my pal, Julie Weinstein of From Proscecco to Plaid, interviewed me for her new YouTube Channel. It was super fun, casual, and Julie's apartment is TO DIE. I need to move in get myself invited back over there again soon.
 
Sit back, relax, and enjoy as Julie shows Babara Walters how its done.
 
XO,
Megan (and Julie)
 
 
Break Down of Video
0:52 - Synopsis of my book & why I wrote it
2:45 - How I stay positive in trying times
4:13 -  Advice for people who are adopting/want to adopt
5:44 - Advice for people who want to write a book
6:58 FUN, SILLY, RANDO QUESTIONS
8:52 - On Macy's 1st time "shrooming"
9:22  My career goals
11:40 - BLOOPERS
*Bolded titles mark my favorite parts
 
 
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10.07.2014

Talk It Ovar

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of co-hosting an ovarian cancer charity event called Talk It Ovar. I've since been informed that the event raised over $40k which is obviously fantastic. I initially thought my friends and I had an integral part in that figure but I later found out the drinks at the bar were free.
 
Jokes aside, it was a really meaningful event. I had only been out of the hospital for two weeks at this point so ovarian cancer was still a raw in my mind and body. It was neat to be in the company of people who all had a connection to the same disease. I left that evening with a renewed sense of gratitude for how lucky I am.

Top Photo: My fellow co-hosts for the evening.
Bottom Photo(s): From left to right: World famous astronaut Leroy Chiao, Former Houston principal ballerina, Mireille Hassenboehler, and me chatting about China. They had both gone for business. I shared that I'd been to immerse myself in the designer knock off industry that the country does so well.
 
Left: Danny and my Dad belly up to the bar. #shocker
Right: Danny and our friend, Bradley, getting a photo opp with Leroy.

 I sold lots of books that night which was a big maraschino cherry on top of a great evening.

An Ethan Allen showroom was the venue for the event which I found to be highly convenient as I didn't have the energy to drive ride shotgun home when it was over. Charlotte and I therefore passed out in this impeccably designed bedroom until we couldn't stand the looks from security anymore. #rude

*Check out more pics from the evening on my Greetings from Texas Facebook page.

*Most of the photos were taken by Kelly Garvey Photography


Have a good day everyone!
Muah, Megan


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