summer favorites

July 23, 2014

summer clothing essentials, M Loves M

We are now a month into summer {can you believe it?!} and these items above are all some of my must-haves. From strappy metallic sandals to boyfriend shorts to roll {and maybe distress as a summer DIY}, and striped anything and everything to a woven tote to take to the shore, these are what I'm loving for summer. Some of these pieces I think would transition really well into fall, especially an LA fall. I love the idea of pairing these black lace sneakers with this striped dress {on sale!}. I have a version in white with black that I wear all the time. What are some of your summer clothing essentials?


happy birthday to my matthew!

July 22, 2014

mara and matthew, M Loves M

Today is Matthew's birthday and even though he never wants me to make a big deal about it I kind of have to! I'm totally in love with this guy and eternally grateful for his life and love. He's my other half and a big part of M Loves M, even though he's not on here all the time. Matthew is one of the most selfless men I know. He loves his family and friends with his whole heart, and would do anything for them. He puts up with me too, sacrificing his free time to help with blog projects, as well as house chores, taking care of Ginger, and helping me clean up my major kitchen messes. He jokes with me, laughs with me, cries with me, and makes my life so much better. Happy happy birthday to my wonderful husband Matthew! I love you more than you'll ever know!

photo by Laura Nelson for our 2nd Anniversary

3 summer looks with old navy

monochromatic outfit via M Loves MLos Angeles is a city with warm weather year round, therefore, summer doesn't mean I'm extra motivated to spend time outdoors. I, sadly, often take the summer months for granted. However, in an effort to make the most of June-August, I decided to make some plans over the course of a weekend because, let's face it, the beach in July is much better than the beach in November. The Venice Canals are a cool part of LA that I've heard of but never visited. I've seen photos, knowing that it exists, but had to check it out for myself. Ginger was in need of some quality walking time, so we planned a fun morning walk in Venice. If you can't go to Venice, Italy, go to Venice, California. It was so fun to walk around, take a peek at the pretty canal-front homes, and watch the ducks. I wore this gauzy and flowy skirt from Old Navy with one of their light sweater tops. It was perfect since I wasn't sure if it was going to be a chilly morning. 
venice canals, M Loves M
dog walking in venice canals, M Loves M
monochromatic outfit with pieces from Old Navy via M Loves M
leopard flats and Ginger the poodle mix, M Loves M
dog walking in the venice canals via M Loves M
sweater Old Navy, skirt Old Navy, shoes Seychelles {in pewter/white}, bag Graf & Lantz, sunglasses Karen Walker Number One, necklace Capwell Co., bracelet Leila

casual boardwalk outfit, M Loves M
A bustling boardwalk on a summer day can be the best place for exercise, people-watching and trinket shopping. I thought it would be fun to play tourist in my own beach city by taking a trip to The Strand. Dressed in a linen blend button-up from Old Navy, some old favorite denim shorts and classic espadrilles, I came with my camera, an appetite for seafood and a swimsuit..just in case! We found a great little chowder and taco spot and we brought our food to the beach to soak in some rays. 
California palm trees, M Loves M
walking along the boardwalk in a linen top and jean shorts via M Loves M
white linen button up from Old Navy with reflective aviator sunglasses via M Loves M
linen button up with jean shorts via M Loves M
jean shorts and red espadrilles, easy summer outfit via M Loves M

easy summer outfit via M Loves M
top Old Navy, shorts Current/Elliott, shoes J.Crew {similar}, tote O'Neill {in black}, sunglasses Ray-Ban Aviators

blue printed maxi dress from Old Navy via M Loves M
Growing up by the beach, Matthew is always looking for an excuse to get on the water. We live so close to the Marina and yet we've never gone on one of the boats. For Christmas we bought an online deal and since the year is half up we thought now was the perfect time to use it! For our evening boat ride, I wore this long blue maxi from Old Navy with a pair of neutral wedges. This hat of theirs was great for keeping the sun out of my eyes, too. I loved having an evening off land with some rosé, cheese and crackers. It was so relaxing and it made me realize that this is what summer is all about!
boats in marina via M Loves M
maxi dress and navy wide brim hat via M Loves M
old navy maxi dress and capwell co necklace, M Loves M
dress Old Navy, necklace Capwell Co, shoes Seychelles, hat Old Navy, bracelets Ily Couture and J.Crew, clutch Lilly Pulitzer {similar}

Planning weekends like this one is what makes summer so fun and memorable. I loved enjoying a few days outside and by the water. The best part about it? I didn't get sunburned! Hooray! 
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