Thursday, December 8, 2016

Uniform Remix

Not holding my breath any longer waiting for cooler temps and wearing some winter favorites, despite the current 75 degree weather. I've given my summer uniform an update - kept the cut-offs but replaced my go-to v-neck tee & gladiator sandals with a slouchy off-the-shoulder sweater and studded ankle booties. Perfect for these warm and windy days. I'm really looking forward to the weekend (as usual) - hopefully it turns out to be half productive and half relaxing. Wishing you guys a great one!

{outfit details}
Sweater - c/o Choies || Shorts - Levi's c/o Shopbop (also worn here) || Bag - Zara || Booties - Gianni Bini (last seen) || Sunglasses - Ray-Ban || Lipstick - Maybelline "burgundy blush" || Nail Polish - Vinylux "gilded pleasure"

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Wedding Dress Shopping

Last Saturday I said yes to the dress! It was such a special day spent with my mom, my sister Whitney, my Aunt Patty & my cousin Nikki (and mimosas of course!) I had two appointments at different boutiques and tried on about 40 dresses. As soon as I came out of the dressing room wearing "the one," Nikki started tearing up and then we all started getting a little emotional. It was so surreal to see myself in a wedding gown - I really feel like a bride now! I'm keeping the details of my dress a secret since I want the big reveal moment with Greg but I can't wait to share it with you all after the wedding!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Currently Obsessed

We all have those pieces of jewelry that we rarely take off. For me, that's my engagement ring, diamond stud earrings and the Tiffany's ring my parents gave me in place of a high school graduation ring. In those cases when I'm washing dishes, weight lifting or doing yard work, I like to slip off my rings so I don't damage them. I had been looking for a cute trinket tray for a few months and stumbled upon this little bow one in Anthropologie last week. I instantly fell in love with it (I have a mild obsession with bows, see tattoo here) and even more so when I saw the price - $10!! Luckily it is the perfect size to fit in the jewelry box Greg made for me, which keeps my curious kitty from playing with my jewelry. This dish would make a great gift for any girl on your holiday shopping list!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Cute Holiday Cards Online


'Tis the season of get-togethers with family, co-workers and friends. In our technology-centric culture, why send your invitations through the mail when you can create cute holiday cards online?! Paperless Post is a one-stop shop for any kind of party - Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year's Eve and more! They have tons of festive pre-made templates as well as customized options. From a cookie swap to a cocktail party and everything in between, there is plenty to celebrate this time of year! If you're interested in creating your own holiday card with a photo of your family, hiring a professional photographer is always a great idea, and don't forget coordinating outfits! 
{tips on what to wear for holiday card photos here // seasonal soiree style inspiration here & here

Check out some of my favorite Paperless Post holiday cards below! Which one is your fave?

palm trees





secret santa

oy to the world

pop fizz clink

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Cold Shoulder

Living in a practically season-less climate, it's not uncommon for me to wear a summer dress all year long. Transitioning is all in the accessories - swapping summer's gladiator sandals & bright crossbody for fall's wool hat, suede bag & lace-up booties. I'm loving this cold shoulder dress from Cali-based online boutique XO Mandy Sue! Check out all of their dreamy boho pieces and receive 25% off your order using code "MEGHANC25"

{outfit details}
Dress - XO Mandy Sue || Bag - Rebecca Minkoff || Hat - Target || Booties - BCBGeneration || Lipstick - Maybelline Liquid Matte in "berry boost" || Nail Polish - Essie 'bahama mama"

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

White Chocolate & Pistachio Pudding Cookies

I've been adding a package of instant pudding mix to my cookie dough for a few years now - I love the result of thicker and softer cookies. For this recipe, I used pistachio pudding rather than vanilla, which perfectly accents the sweet white chocolate and salty, crunchy pistachios. 

1 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
 3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 package pistachio pudding dry mix
2 cups white chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pistachios

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugars on medium speed. Add vanilla. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt and baking soda.
Slowly add the flour mixture, stopping halfway through to scrape down the bowl. Add the dry pudding mix.
Add white chocolate chips and chopped pistachios. Mix on low speed until incorporated.
Using a 1-inch cookie scoop, place balls of cookie dough on a non-stick baking sheet about 1 inch apart. Lightly press down to flatten the balls of cookie dough just a bit. Bake at 350 for 9-11 minutes. Cool on a wire rack and store in an air-tight container or freeze for later. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Key West

 This past weekend I went down to Key West to check out some potential wedding venues and meet with a couple of caterers. It was a tough choice since pretty much every place in the Keys is amazing but I'm happy to announce Greg & I decided on our dream venue! While I'm keeping that a bit of a secret for now, I wanted to share a few photos from our tour of the runner-up. 

{outfit details}
Romper - William B || Bucket Bag - Joie || Gladiator Sandals - Target