9.12.2014

Struggle with the Juggle Feature

A few months ago I did an interview with Sara Moore for her running series about balancing work & motherhood called "Struggle with the Juggle". Sara and I did this interview so long ago it was fun to read and remember how I answered her questions. I think I may have explained a few things slightly differently today, just months later, but I think that's symbolic of the "having it all" conundrum. It's always evolving - a perpetual work in progress. The whole thing can be difficult but we enjoy things infinitely more when we have to hustle for them. No?

XO,
Megan, self appointed philosopher
  

Click here to read the interview.

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9.10.2014

WHAT I WANT FOR FALL


   Narcisco Rodriguez for her// Maroon Knee Socks// Black Knee Socks// Nars Lip Pencil, Dragon      Girl// Leopard Shoes// Patti Smith Tee// Joules Rain boots// Maroon Bralette & High Waist Brief//    Boys Club Sweater, Warby Parker Kimball Glasses

It's fall! I LOVE fall! The Return of Homeland. Pumpkin Farms. Burning leaves. Homecomings. Hot Apple Cider. Hot Apple Cider with rum. The Augustana Slough. MY BIRTHDAY! 

It's gonna be the best guys! - Let's make sure we look cute for it, k?




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9.09.2014

The Business of Fashion Blogging

Reward Style's Amber Venz and Baxter Box (picture via Texas Monthly)

The number one question people ask me about my blog is how I earn money. Not only does this Texas Monthly article, The Click Clique, explain that in detail but it goes on to give a detailed expose of Amber Venz, the woman? girl? (she's only 26!) who invented the technology, Reward Style, that enables Greetings from Texas to be monetized.

I had the pleasure of meeting Amber last year at Texas Style Council. We were presenting in the same room and her presentation preceded mine. We sat next to one another and visited both there, and later that day at a happy hour, when I met her now hubby, and company co-founder, Baxter Box.

That weekend I instagrammed a picture of Amber's presentation and captioned it "the #markzuckerberg of the blogosphere. #buthotter #andnotawkward" . It was then I began meticously following her career and blog because, much like the author of the Texas Monthly article, I was captured with Amber's business aptitude and foresight, intellect, articulation, age (again, she's 26!) and runway looks.

Amber and I presenting at Texas Style Council 2013 (a well known, Austin based blogging conference)
  
The only concrete fact I know to be true about blogging is that its constantly evolving. (Which I wrote a piece about here.) I can't wait to watch how Amber and Reward Style adapt accordingly. I got money on something with drones.


P.S. Amber also invented the technology (called LiketoKnowIt) that  make instagram posts shoppable. Enter your email address here. Then every time you "like" one of my instagram posts - you'll be emailed the respective product links.

P.P.S. Reward Style isn't the only way I earn money blogging - but it's a part of the equation. I additionaly work with brands directly. Just thought I should disclose that since I'm apparently being overly candid about my modest W-2 today.
 
 

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9.05.2014

HOSTING GIG - LETS TALK IT OVAR


 I'm excited to announce that in two weeks (from yesterday) I'll be one of 7 conversation hosts at Let's Talk It Ovar - a fun event benefiting ovarian cancer. The idea is that you can eat, drink, and mingle with "notable Houstonians" throughout the evening.
 
For example, I'm super excited to meet Leroy Chiao - a former astronaut and international space station commander. I'm gonna get the scoop on how realistic my favorite movie, Armeggedon, really is.
 
I know Danny and my friend Brad who I'm forcing to attend are eager to talk shop with John McClain, famed NFL writer.
 
Brock Wagner, founder of Saint Arnold Brewing Company, will be there too. Definitely want to become BFF with him - bracelets and all.
 
And then there's me. If you guys buy a ticket - I'll be happy to discuss anything about my career that interests you. Whether that's my meaningful post about dry heaving on Chicago's Lakeshore Drive or, equally compelling, my influential piece about mascara, we'll get into it.
 
The evening will also have a silent auction (my book being one of the items) and wine pull which warrant mentioning.
 
I hope to see you there!
 
 
P.S. Hooray for the weekend! Yesterday was the most emo day ever. Between poor Joan
=( and other extreme highs and lows that went down, I'm ready for a nap. Or, better yet a bender. But in my fragile state (speaking of which - today is national ovarian cancer awareness day! how timely!) I'll have to settle for a nap. #ambien 
XO, Megan
 
 
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9.03.2014

Megan's Mix

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I've been a cheating slore lately.

Jay, Bey, Ms. Perry - I've been receiving my musical inspiration elsewhere.

I feel guilty but it also feels invigorating to mix (as in mix tape) it up a bit.

It's hump day on a short week.

Go get 'em everybody! This will help!

 





P.S. More musical geniusness here from Adam Levine and Jimmy Fallon. And fellow Lena Dunham fan girls, she was published in the New Yorker yesterday!



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9.02.2014

Life Status Update


Annnnnd I'm back!! Without boring you with copious details, my surgery was a success. It's not 100% until we get the pathology back but my doctor feels confident all will be well. So party time!

I got home from the the hospital this weekend. I've been trying to lay low, not walk, etc.  but my self diagnosed ADHD makes it difficult. Last night, however, my mother-in-law told me if I don't stay in bed, my stomach won't heal properly and will look fucked up for the rest of my life. (I'm paraphrasing in an extremely non verbatim way.) I don't know if she was lying or just knew I'd be most receptive to the vanity angle. Either way, I've been scared straight.

My experience at MD Anderson was great, per usual. A lot of my friends stopped by and my extensive nursing team was so sweet. Similarly, Danny was saintly throughout the week save one night when he and his friend, Brad, snuck a 6 pack of Coors Light into my room, as though I was in a college dorm and not our nations most prestigious cancer hospital. I forced Brad to take their empties with him upon his departure but I think the nurses heard him clink on out, as I was released the very next day. They were probably like we need to get this alcoholic slore out. (Which I can't blame them for. Coors Light? Please. If you're gonna smuggle beer into a hospital, at least buy something imported. Corona perhaps, with limes. Nothing else is worth the effort.)

 
So that's about it.

Cancer relapse number 3, that's a wrap.
 
 
Here a few more pics from the week; 
Me and Mace cavalierly sharing a chocolate milkshake in bed.
Incase you wanted to know what I looked like on morphine.
 
 Our sweet baby girl playing with my "spirometer" which is better described as a breathing bong.

Sweet Lucy Lou & Miriam.

Me organizing my pills. I'm on track to finish in early 2019.



All jokes aside: I'm so happy, so lucky, so grateful, and ready to live my beautiful life in full stride soon!

P.S. If for some reason you're interested in my cancer history, here is the thread to all my previous posts about the subject. And this video produced by MDA pretty much sums it up too.

P.P.S. Thank you for the overwhelming outpour of texts, emails, and social media love. It's extremely humbling. XO, Megan
 

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8.26.2014

Sabattical



Okay kids, here we go. I'm going to be taking a temporary break from the blog to deal with my health. On July 14th I found out that I'm no longer in remission. I immediately convinced my doctor to postpone surgery until after my brother's wedding because missing that would kill me way before cancer could.

And now here we are. I've just rolled off one of the best months of my life. In just four weeks I saw both my college roommates, my college friends, my high school friends, and my extended family. At the wedding, I got the opportunity to toast (more roast really) my brother and sister-in-law on their union. 

All that to say, the timing for this is good. I'm so happy. I'm so grateful. I'm so blessed. In the article I recently wrote for Conquest Magazine, I wrote that cancer has been the best thing to ever happen to me. I still mean that - its not just a convenient thing to say when its all in the rear-view mirror. I welcome this opportunity and am eager to see what positive happenstances will come from it. (For example, there's talk of my college friends sending me a gigantic cardboard penis!!! AMAZING!)

I'm going to float into the OR today, rekindle my romance with opiates, and everything is going to be okay. Promise.
 
Love,
Megan



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