alligator dress

October 31, 2014

french connection ali gator dress on M Loves M @marmar
Hello everyone! Isn't this reptile-print dress so pretty?! It caught my eye because of it's unique print. I have a few leopard print dresses, but reptile? Love! It works with pretty much anything and this color green is one of my favorites. The dress has so much more detail than a typical shift dress, too, although I do love those, and it's really well made but not crazy expensive.I paired the dress with these black heels, which I didn't even realize had green soles until Valorie pointed it out! Let's just pretend I planned that all along though, ok? You know I love to color coordinate!
Theory gray wool coat on M Loves M @marmar
Chloe Jade Green black sandal heels on M Loves M @marmar
Lauren Merkin Meg bag and French Connection green dress on M Loves M @marmar
fall outfit with gray coat and black sandal heels via M Loves M @marmar
green snake print shift dress via M Loves M @marmar
green snake print dress on M Loves M @marmar
green snake print dress with gold pendant necklace on M Loves M @marmar
dress French Connection {fit: TTS Size 2}, jacket Theory c/o Amazon, shoes Chloe Jade Green {size up}, bracelet LOFT, sunglasses Karen Walker Super Duper, purse Lauren Merkin, lipstick Revlon Cherries in the Snow

I got this coat from Amazon after lusting over it for weeks. The gray wool is so soft and I like how the jacket isn't too heavy. It's perfect for crisp days yet could be layered with sweaters, scarves and the works!

Happy Friday everyone! And I should say Happy Halloween too!! Are you doing anything fun and spooky tonight? Matthew and I still have to carve our pumpkins. It's funny how October kinda flew by. We were all on top of fall at the beginning with our apple picking, but pumpkin picking and carving were left at the wayside. We're planning on carving our pumpkins tonight though in between the thousands of trick-or-treaters we're planning on getting. Our neighborhood warned us. It's supposed to be craaaazy! Just to give you guys an idea...Matthew bought 9 {yep NINE!} bags of Halloween candy. And from where you wonder? Costco! Nine bags of Halloween candy from Costco! Let that sink in. We're swimming in candy over here but apparently we'll run out by 8pm..yikes! It's going to be a crazy night!

photos by Valorie Darling

wine tasting in temecula

October 30, 2014

girls wine tasting trip in Temecula, California via M Loves M @marmar
Every month my group of girls and I try to have a dedicated Girls Night. Since we live so far apart, it's important to block out time as often as we can. Wee designate months to each girl's respective city which not only makes it fair, but it's also fun to try new places and become familiar with that girl's area. For November, we decided to have a girls weekend in Riverside, which is where Lizzie is going to Grad School. On Friday night we ate dinner in Lizzie's backyard, painted nails, watched TV shows and stayed up late catching up. It was just like old times! Saturday morning, after a yummy brunch of aebleskivers and scrambled eggs, we headed to Temecula to go wine tasting. I've always wanted to go to Temecula so it was so fun to finally check it out. It was such a fun afternoon with three of my favorite girls! 
girls wine tasting trip in Temecula, California via M Loves M @marmar
girls wine tasting trip in Temecula, California via M Loves M @marmar
girls wine tasting trip in Temecula, California via M Loves M @marmar
girls wine tasting trip in Temecula, California via M Loves M @marmar
wine tasting outfit for a day in temecula via M Loves M @marmar
jacket Swell, jeans J.Crew {25% off w/ code STYLETREAT}, boots Steve Maddenhat Old Navy {similar}
girls wine tasting trip in Temecula, California via M Loves M @marmar
girls wine tasting trip in Temecula, California via M Loves M @marmar
girls wine tasting trip in Temecula, California via M Loves M @marmar

wineries we visited:

Longshadow Ranch Winery- This winery definitely has a strong ranch feel with horses and stables, a barn and some stacks of hay! It's fun to sit outside around this little bar area though and taste. The girls weren't too thrilled with the small pours here but it's a fun and cute spot!

Weins- such great wine! Loved their reds, the Refugio in particular and the Pinot Noir were excellent! Lizzie recommended choosing her last tasting as the Amour De L'Orange {champagne with an orange twist} which was really nice!

Thornton- This was a fun third stop! They have a lot of different tasting flights, including chocolate wines {!}. as well as a light food menu. We ate on their patio and enjoyed bread with goat cheese and more wine!

After our afternoon tasting we went into Old Town Temecula for dinner. We did an olive oil tasting while we were waiting and then feasted at Public House. It was such a fun day and it makes me miss these girls. We all went to high school together and life isn't the same without them in it every day. Girl weekends are so important!



October 29, 2014

frocktober burgundy v-neck dress with pleated skirt from Ruche on M Loves M @marmar
When I worked at Ruche as the Head Buyer we made a huge deal over dresses. The team loved them so much that we made a huge deal out of Frocktober. As if October wasn't amazing enough, we'd buy lots of dresses and some years we'd launch a new dress every single day during the month! Even though I'm not working for Ruche anymore, I had to celebrate with them so I styled this gorgeous burgundy dress with a feminine plaid cape and some black booties. I wanted to play up the romantic angle of the dress so I added this pretty headpiece in some of the photos. This would be such a lovely look for a holiday party, don't you think?
feminine burgundy pleated dress on M Loves M @marmar
Brahmin Woodrose Bag on M Loves M @marmar
dress twirling via M Loves M @marmar
French Connection plaid cape with burgundy dress on M Loves M @marmar
Lelet NY headpiece on M Loves M @marmar
hair accessory via M Loves M @marmar
romantic head piece via M Loves M @marmar
dress ℅ Ruche, boots LOFT {also in gray and tan}, jacket French Connection {obsessed!}, head piece Lelet NY {they're offering 25% off with code MLOVESM} see more beautiful headpieces here, bag Brahmin {in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month Brahmin is donating $5 for every purchase to the National Breast Cancer Foundation}, sunglasses Karen Walker Super Duper Strengthnecklace Capwell Co, lipstick Lancome Sugared Maple

Even though Frocktober, cough, I mean October, is coming to an end, I'm excited to wear tons of dresses over the next few months. The holidays provide the perfect opportunity for a little dress twirling..yay! I'm super excited!

photography by Valorie Darling

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