all you need is love

August 29, 2014

Long Live Love. I'm one of those lovey dovey girls who can't get enough of all the sweet and sappy stuff so this shirt just called out to me. I was originally looking at this Vote for Love tee because I'd totally wear it on election day haha! This blue color is so versatile though and the material is super soft and comfy. One of those shirts that you could very easily wear to bed. I paired the top with this statement peplum skirt and a big chunky necklace. A graphic/printed tee + statement necklace is a combo made in fashion heaven, don't you think?
Long Live Love tee J.Crew, skirt Marciano, heels Aldo {also here in black}, bag Forever 21 {old but here's a similar and affordable style}, sunglasses Karen Walker Harvest, necklace T&J Designs

Thinking this skirt is going to have to come to New York with me next week! It makes a bold statement and I think it would look great walking along the cobblestone streets...with the right pair of shoes of course! Gah haven't even thought about packing yet. I always wait until the last minute and then regret it. That will definitely be on my to do list this weekend. Happy Friday everyone!! Check back later for The Friday 5, if you like!


Matthew’s Mancave Project with Valspar Paint

August 28, 2014

Matthew's "Man Cave" Transformation with Valspar paint, M Loves M
As many of you know Matthew and I have been getting our house together over the past few months. It’s been a work in progress and we can’t wait to share more with you! Matthew has been very adamant about having one room in the house that he can call his own. His “man cave” as he refers to it! While he took the lead on how to decorate, I was able to nudge him into a suitable paint color.  When we first moved in we painted the whole house white to have a fresh start and also contemplate color options. As you guys know I love color and paint is so transformative in a room.  I had a lot of different ideas but didn’t know quite where to start. Remember when I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was partnering with a new boutique? Well that boutique is the new Paint Studio at Ace Hardware. When I think of a hardware store I think of nuts and bolts and power tools that I don’t quite understand. The Paint Studio is more like a boutique-style shopping experience for the color-obsessed. It’s beautifully designed with mood-inspired palettes displayed in pullout drawers. They make it incredibly easy to find the perfect color for your project with paints from Valspar and Clark+Kensington. You can check out their “Helpful is Beautiful” campaign to get a better idea of what it looks like. Here are some photos of our completed paint project, "Project Man Cave!"
Matthew's "Man Cave" Transformation with Valspar paint, M Loves M
Matthew desk, M Loves M
Matthew's desk, M Loves M
Matthew's bookshelf, M Loves M
industrial desk chair with wood desk, M Loves M
masculine bar cart, M Loves M
guitar in gray room, M Loves M
vintage industrial ceiling lamp, M Loves M

With the right colors at our disposal we were drawn to a wide range of gray hues. I wanted to find a color that would be masculine for Matthew but also work with the vibe of the rest of the house.  We settled on Valspar Tabby Cat, a bold gray that wasn’t too dark. It looks amazing with the white crown molding and trim. Matthew’s wood desk, the industrial bar cart, and the vintage American flag are totally complemented by the wall color. He is so happy with how his room is turning out, and it’s all because of the color! I can't wait to see what else he adds to the room to make it his own.

If you have any paint projects coming up I’d definitely recommend checking out The Paint Studio! You will die for all the perfect colors! I already have a few others saved in my mind for other house projects, like the front door and the bedroom! From August 29th-September 1st Ace is also offering $5 off Valspar Optimus and Valspar Aspire paint so it's a good time to take advantage! 


Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Valspar, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you so much for supporting my sponsors who help allow me to create fun and unique content for the site!

special occasion dresses

August 27, 2014

It seems like there is always an occasion coming up where I'm in need of a new dress. Just last week I was looking for something special for a rooftop dinner date, and next week there's a plethora of events for Fashion Week in New York City. I partnered with Nordstrom to showcase some of their beautiful special occasion dresses. From lace to tulle, to sequins to stripes, these dresses are some of my favorites. And the best part is that they're all under $100! Yep, cute and affordable. When you need a new dress, price standing in your way can be such a bummer. So, whether you're planning a dress for a dance, a first date, or just for fun, here are some of the ones that stand out the most to me. 
Nordstrom Special Occasion Dresses under $100, via M Loves M @marmar {click through for product links and details}
dresses one . two. three . four . five . six . seven . eight

If you have a little more to spend here are some under $200 options that are super pretty:

You all know I love dresses so this post was especially fun to put together. It gets me excited for all the fun fall events that are coming up. Do you have a favorite that I featured above? I love the easy sequin t-shirt dress. It would be fun to wear any day, you know, just because!


Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Nordstrom but, as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting my amazing sponsors! Nordstrom has been a favorite retailer of mine for years so to work with them is a dream come true!

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