If you have been reading my blog for any amount of time you have probably heard me preach about buying clothes that can be worn multiple ways and multiple times. It is so important to me that pieces in my wardrobe can do double or triple duty rather than serve only one type of occasion. The garments I design for Magill are no exception. I want anything I design and sell to earn their keep in my customers’ wardrobes rather than just take up space for those once-in-a-while events. One of my favorite Magill pieces, the Denes Dress, is a dark floral midi dress and perfect for both warm and cold weather. Today’s post is sharing two ways to style this dress both for now and later! Click of each of the products to get details and shop!
Shop Your Closet” is a buzzy phrase that has been getting a bunch of airtime recently. The concept is simple- instead of going out to shop in stores and buy new clothes you look into your closet and do some ‘shopping’…no money required.Read More
Sunglasses for me are something I don’t think too much about, generally I have a couple pairs I love and just keep them on rotation. But I do like to branch and get a new pair every so often. While there are a plethora of designer options out there I don’t always have the extra cash to invest in a pricey pair. Lucky for me (and you) there are plenty of affordable sunglasses that add some new style to your wardrobe without making a dent in your bank account. I’ve pulled together some of my favorite picks on the interwebs right now, all under $30!
Jeans are one of the clothing items that you can get on the cheap and as long as they fit well NO ONE WILL KNOW. That of course is contingent upon the denim actually fitting you well.Read More
To say getting this collection live is a long time coming would be an understatement…
Ever since I was a little girl I have been obsessed with arts and crafts. Drawing, painting, weaving, beading, you name it I was into it. I had every craft kit that Michael’s sold and every marker set Crayola produced. When I was in high school my love for crafts shifted more towards fine arts. I took Art as a major which means I took art class every single day of my four years of high school. It was around this time I also became interested in sewing. I learned some perfunctory sewing skills in Home-Ec class but my mom really taught me how to pick fabrics and follow a sewing pattern. Fast forward to college applications and I selected Fashion Design as my major. With the exception of a slow down during my two years of business school, I have been an avid sewer ever since. I consider myself to be a very productive person and for me there is no greater high than obtaining a finished garment from my sewing that I can hang in my closet and wear. It’s such a thrill and something that keeps me dreaming, designing and of course sewing.
Magill was born out of my desire to create clothing for women beyond myself and provide them with apparel that is feminine, modern and chic. Pieces that were easy to wear, easy to style and easy to love. I want my garments to make women feel beautiful and comfortable in their clothing, whatever they look like and wherever they are. The perfect middle ground of casual, sexy, cool and feminine is where Magill sits.
This Magill collection is only the start of all the tons and tons of ideas I have for pieces I want to design and bring to my customers. I am already working on the next collection to be coming in March and cannot wait to share with you all! Thank you for following along on this journey and your support along the way, it means the world to have such wonderful friends and family supporting me and my crazy dreams. Cheers to Magill!
Every year Pantone puts together a forecast of the colors that will be most important in fashion and design for the upcoming twelve months. The color of the year for 2019 is Living Coral, a vibrant lush pink.Read More
With a new year comes changes, new goals and evolving priorities. In our household for 2019 those all revolve around our newest family member - Bash!Read More
A good pair of statement earrings can take a ho-hum outfit to effortlessly chic with minimal effort. It’s the epitome of lazy-girl style and I am a big fan of it. For the past couple of years glitzy, gemstone over the top earrings have been all over but lately my favorite earrings include natural details like tortoiseshell and raffia. Pair them with something casual and classic like ripped denim and an oversized sweater for a chic and easy look.
“No White After Labor Day” is an antiquated maxim as far as I am concerned. I remember the rule being thrown around when I was younger but these days it no longer applies.Read More
Over the course of the past few years I have steadily grown my hat collection and it seems that toppers are only becoming more and more popular as the years go by. When looking to add some new hats there are definitely some different price and quality routes you can take.Read More
Blame it on the fact that I am now living in Southern California, but graphic tees, specifically vintage band tees have been high on my wish list lately. I love the air of nonchalance they impact on an outfit making it feel more effortless and casual.Read More
Packing for vacations can be tricky. On the one hand you want to have options (who doesn’t, right?) for what to wear but at the same time you are limited by your suitcase space. If you are like me, you want to avoid checking your bag at all costs - added fees, potential lost luggage, extra time waiting at the airport…no thanks.
So what’s the solution? Be strategic about what you bring along in your carry-on suitcase so that you have maximum outfit options with minimum baggage. Over the years I have had some successful and less than successful packing experiences and learned a good deal about what works and what doesn’t. Today’s post is all about packing tips and tricks, just in time before heading off on your holiday getaways. Let’s get going!
A Few Helpful Tips
The name of the game here really is versatility aka. the ability to mix and match to create multiple looks. Focus on neutrals or one color palette to enable the greatest number of combinations from the least amount of items.
Think about how you can take all your clothing items and be able to dress them up or down. Small items that pack a big punch like red lipstick or statement earrings are perfect for transitioning something like a sweater into a night time look without taking up any extra luggage space.
Packing List : Winter Travel
Other Travel/Flight Essentials
Inflatable Footrest - I got this before going on my Italy trip and it was great. It really helps you recline and get the stretched out feeling. It does take up some room though so you may need to have a smaller bag at your feet when using it. You may feel a little ‘extra’ when blowing it up on the plane but whatever, they’re just jealous!
Neck Pillow - This one from Muji is impossibly soft and cozy; I end up using it open and laid out as a pillow a lot too. You can unzip the outside to machine wash as well after your trip (so essential).
Packing Cubes - I got these years ago and swear by them. It makes it sooo much easier to find things in your suitcase and keep organized. I recommend getting the Starter Set; the compression set is great to maximizing suitcase space.
On our last day in Venice we took a short ferry ride to visit the small island of Burano. I had read about Burano being a great day trip from Venice and I’m glad we were able to squeeze it in before heading back to Milan.Read More
Hands down my favorite dress style as of late is the long sleeve mini dress. The covered top half of this look is warm and seasonally appropriate while still getting a little bit of skin in before the real cold blows in. My top picks in long sleeve dresses are dark florals, rich navy velvet and vibrant red prints. All of these dresses would be perfect for holiday parties, grabbing drinks or even for work. Just toss on a jacket, black tights and booties and you’re good to go!
This is my first fall in San Diego and getting used to the weather has been a trip. We moved at the end of the summer so it was still pretty hot in New York City when we left. We came out to California and the warm weather continued, pretty much the same. Well now that we are in November I am starting to really experience the difference in living in Southern California from the East Coast.Read More
The reason I started designing clothing for myself to wear is because I wasn’t finding exactly what I wanted in the marketplace. I look for pieces that are feminine, modern and with a touch of effortlessness and I kept coming up short when hunting this style down.Read More
We have been slowly putting together our new place and figuring out where to hang various pieces. Since we moved from a one bedroom apartment in Manhattan, we realized there was some furniture we needed to get.Read More
When I was preparing for my wedding I went on Pinterest to look up hair ideas. After searching “wedding hair” I was dismayed to find pretty much nothing that looked like the hair styles I had in mind. You see, I am not an up-do person, never have been.Read More
I hate having to put a full wardrobe into storage and pull another one out every time the seasons change. I’d much rather have pieces that are versatile and can be worn through the year just by changing up what I pair them with.Read More