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November 4, 2014

caged in.

If you follow me on Instagram you've seen these flats pop up numerous times. I own them in nude and red, and to be 100% transparent just purchased a replacement nude pair. While they aren't the gorgeous $900 Valentino Rockstud Cage Flats, I could care less, I bought them because I LOVE the style. I wish I could make myself spend $900 on shoes; however, at this point traveling, decorating my new home and investing in my future are more important. I can't have it all! Those of you with Rockstuds: Yes, I'm jealous. If you'd like the link to these shoes, they are so comfy, follow me on Instagram and send me a direct message - @McKerihan.

Please note: I know there are many that have very strong opinions about knockoffs. These shoes do not bare the Valentino tag, nor do they replicate the exact design. They are simply 'inspired by'. If you're wearing anything from Forever 21, Old Navy, Gap, even lower priced brands from Nordstrom chances are your pieces are 'inspired by' the offerings of items ten times their price tag. I read a story this summer about a girl in fashion who carried a Celine bag - only it was fake. She still paid a couple of hundred dollars for it, but didn't pay $2,000+. She wanted to look chic, but would rather pay her rent - no one could tell the difference. I think it's a great debate between what is right and wrong, but as the "IT" bags get more and more expensive, knockoffs become more attractive, right? 

Enjoy these pretties below! Most are uber affordable! 

October 30, 2014

It's little.

Lately, life has been about the little things. I find myself being content with a good book and glass of wine. I also am extremely homesick for my three best friends - a good thing! Gals like that are hard to find and the definition of "once in a lifetime" friendships.

The little things:
 Kaela and I share a love of Taylor Swift (call us basic - we still have better style). Only kidding, but when I was in a crunch for some sustenance and Swifty showed up on my Diet Coke I knew KB was the only one who would appreciate it...especially since our texting spree about how great "1989" is the night before.

Our front hallway was SO colorful. I wanted neutral and I wanted gold. It looks a bit different as opposed to the pic above, I added two more Kate Spade white vases. To shake things up I added several new pieces: a rug, antler photo, and gold accent "spike thing" for under $50. Happy happy me! 

I know I'm vain, but I am also so much more. Intelligent, savvy, outgoing, outspoken, honest, fair, hardworking and a list of things people don't resonate with fashion and "pretty" things. I like my outfit selfies. I love sharing them. I adore that I can show girls you don't have to spend a fortune on what you wear. That Old Navy can look just as chic as Vince {I own many pieces from both and let it be known: huge difference in price, subtle difference in style}. 

My lastest obsession, thank you Carly, is a crusade for a white wine emoji. Developers: get it together. While you're at it Veuve called, they want an emoji too. 

October 26, 2014

Boot Up.

I adore Miranda Kerr. Her style is, as I'm sure you've heard a million times, effortless. One of my favorite looks for fall is a slight cuffed jean and booties. Whether flat or with a stacked heel it's so easy to pull together. Throw on a white tee, Vince makes my favorite, a classic blazer, a fun scarf and boots! Dolce Vita makes some great affordable options. The DV by Dolce Vita Cassidy boots are on my MUST HAVE list!  I love mine and they are so comfy. If you're looking for chic and incredibly affordable jeans Old Navy is having a MAJOR sale through tomorrow. I absolutely love their Rockstar Jeans - and they have some pretty adorable tops and blazers on sale! 

Some other favorite booties below! 

October 17, 2014

Reflections of...

I had a drink with a girlfriend last night and we got on the topic of people not being content with themselves. Always wanting and needing to change, possibly for the wrong reasons. It's not my place nor intent to judge; however, the reality is I'm probably guilty of doing it too. Comparing myself to someone thinner than I am, getting too wrapped up in what someone thinks of me, or convincing myself that maybe I'm just not quite good enough. It's human nature to want to be loved and liked. Sometimes it takes a pep talk in the mirror, but just so you know - I love you just the way you are! 

“There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty.” 
― Steve MaraboliUnapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

October 16, 2014

for what it's worth.

Sometimes we all need to remember that life is what you make of it. It's good to be scared, to take risks, to be who you are - and be unashamed of it. Cheers to living a life you love! 

October 9, 2014

September + October: In Photos

The last month (and almost a half) has gone by so quickly. Today marks five months since our wedding day. Where did the time go? Above are a few snapshots from my adventures: I turned 28, we went up to Clam Lake with a bunch of friends for Labor Day, I've developed a rather large obsession with rose, Adam and I celebrated Oktoberfest with an outdoor beer tasting in Rochester, Henry Ann keeps growing, I went to see Rent with my gorgeous girlfriends, snapped a few outfit selfies along the way,  and I tried to make my office a little less gray against the gray carpet, blinds and cabinets.

Right now I'm on a flight to Phoenix with A. One of my dear friends from college is marrying the love of her life, also a college friend, and I can't wait to celebrate such a beautiful couple and see so many faces I've missed so much! This is our last wedding of the season, it's been so fun I don't want it to end. I know this weekend will be a walk down memory lane with all of my Arizona partners in crime  - watch out Scottsdale!!! 


August 11, 2014

It's not about the price tag.

I'm a firm believer in the notion that's it's NOT about the price, but how you wear it. I wore this lovely little number to a dear friend's BBQ. I was comfortable, felt confident and spent the night enjoying an awesome bottle of Pinot Grigio, amazing food and even better company.

Shoes // Old Nacy Jeans // Old Navy Rockstar (try them on - I swear you will love them) Top // Lillian's 

However, I am not opposed to spending $27 on Nars Lipstick. This color is Heat Wave and I'm a die hard fan girl. My little gem of a necklace is from Francesca's. 

Not the greatest photo, but I was pulling clothes for the #styleontheplaza look book and I started going crazy over this coat. I didn't want to look at the price tag - I was expecting it to cost $300+. Let's just say I did a victory dance, $99 my friends! Expect to see it this fall (on my person)! 

A casual Friday look from work. Blouse is from h&m and jeans are Mother. I also love my Cate Katan necklace. Make sure to check her out on Etsy! 

August 9, 2014

in lust with: for love & lemons

There are certain brands that I am instantly drawn to. There is not really an explanation or a common sense factor, these aren't brands I would purchase from regularly, nor are they brands that represent pieces of clothing I already own; however, I become like a moth to a flame. Over the last few months I've been having a love affair with For Love & Lemons. Their pieces are dreamy, airy, romantic and slightly resemble lingerie. I don't know what it is about the pieces, but I dream about wearing them. While they do make beautiful underpinnings, their dresses are so beautiful. I don't know that many of them would work for my body type {curse of the bust}, but I know my legs would look amazing {on the bright side}. I also don't dress overly sexy, so again I'm not sure where this obsession is coming from! Most of their dresses are under $200 and a few are in the $300 range. I'm all for wearing white year round {I hope you got that from my jeans post}, so don't ignore the white dresses ladies - they would look killer with black tights and booties!

August 4, 2014

what i'm wearing: gold and cognac

I could tell you that my love for gold and cognac was just a phase, y'all it's here to stay. I recently purchased the Tory Burch York Tote in Luggage, with gorgeous gold details. The price point was fantastic and it was just the bad I needed to put all of my work files in. I can carry my portfolio, several client folders, an iPad, my GiGi New York Clutch and my giant pouch of Nars lipstick - I've been wearing Carthage a lot. It's a beautiful hot pink matte lipstick. The best part it doesn't budge!

Below you will find some pieces I'm loving in gold and cognac. I love the rich buttery brown paired with the beauty of gold accents!

August 3, 2014

Peptide Promises.

I started my Radical Skincare
journey by using their amazing Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads before my wedding. I've had them for several months and they are worth the investment. I know $75 seems steep, but they are proven to reduce the look of pores and even crows feet! My pores were smaller and my skin was tighter. 

A few weeks ago I received Radical Skincare's Peptide Infused Antioxidant Serum. At $190 a bottle this a product, that at 27, I would normally put on my WANT not NEED list. Since I've started using it my skin has improved significantly. I've noticed places where my skin used to me tight a plump are starting to look renewed. I will say that the skin I had at 25 is definitely not the skin I have at 27 {almost 28} and this serum is helping to repair damage and keep my skin looking youthful. Having a glow year round is important to me, but with my job and busy weekends I can't be a sun goddess like I used to. I stick to spray tans and rely on the Peptide Serum to give me an extra boost. 

Left to Right: Me, Tamara, Shawna and Megan 

At a wedding last weekend I really felt like my skin was glowing. We had attended an outdoor pizza restaurant that week and I am like candy to jiggers and mosquitos. I had bites all over my face two days prior, and by the time I had to put my makeup on Saturday - they were gone! I am giving the Peptide Infused Serum credit for this one! 

Embarrassing selfie for the win! I don't usually take SUPER close up photos of my face; however, I was sending my friend Rachel a picture of my berry lips. It was her wedding color and I was feeling cheeky {ok and pretty}. As you can see pores are smaller and skin is more even. Ignore my oily noise - summer clearly brings out the best in my typically dry skin. 

I really hope to try Radical Skincare's Revitalizing Mask next! 

"A powerhouse anti-wrinkle serum that shields against the free radicals responsible for skin aging. Protect, repair, and firm. There is no better shield against free radicals responsible for skin aging than this must-have multitasking anti-wrinkle serum. The ingredients have been shown to support natural collagen and elasticity in weeks. With its true-to-nature berry bronze hue, it gives skin a healthier glow, while making it look and feel smoother. It is formulated Without: - Parabens- Sulfates - Phthalates Research results:In a consumer use study: - 89% of participants reported that skin texture improved; skin has become smoother - 89% of participants reported that their skin elasticity improved - 89% of participants reported that skin has a healthier appearance."

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coveting: coral skort

Summer is winding it's way down...please don't go! However, I keep seeing this lovely outfit on the internet and I just love it! I adore the way her dressing room is set up too - so cute! Now I just need a tan! 

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August 2, 2014

style staple: white jeans

White Jeans are a style staple of mine year round. They look great in the summer with sandals and simple tank or in the fall with cognac boots and a chunky sweater. This winter I'm looking forward to wearing a white-on-white outfit. One of my best friend's LJ has rocked this look in cooler months and she looks amazing. I personally alternate between two pairs of trusty white jeans. I didn't want to invest a ton of money in jeans that had holes in them (for hopefully obvious reasons) so I picked up a pair on major sale at Old Navy. Their Rockstar Jeans fit me like a dream. For casual Fridays at work or when distressed jeans are appropriate I have a pair from Mother that are amazing. they are so flattering and surprisingly slimming! I picked them up when Adam and I were in Seattle and I ended up wearing them the whole weekend. One of my favorite places to shop for jeans is Shopbop. I love supporting a company that was born and bred in Wisconsin. How many of you knew that? Another cool fact Maggie and Gina that did the hair and makeup for my wedding also work on a ton of their look books. My cool factor went up, just saying! Below are some of my favorite picks.

July 31, 2014

#adamlovesmolly: decor in the tent.

It's a definite #tbt that is for sure! I promised showing decor from my wedding a while ago, and well here you are my dears! My vision for out day was a garden party of sorts. I wanted classic elements, mixed with pieces that were unique and added a touch of modern - like out chevron placemats, chalkboard doors and chalkboard printable table numbers. 

TIP: If you're looking to save big bucks on table numbers, Etsy is the answer. I was going to spend over $300 on gold glitter table numbers; however, I was able to find printables that were about $5 for 20 numbers! They worked perfectly into our decor. 

My vision was completely brought to fruition by The Eventful Life. Jess and Steph were amazing to work with. I didn't have to worry about a single thing, the two of them were on point before, during and even AFTER the wedding! We had the best experience working with them. 

EXPERIENCE: I wanted to put most of my budget into the experience that my guests would have: the bar, the photo booth, the location, the food, the ambiance and the MUSIC! I wasn't a bride that wanted my guests to take away tiny little gifts that weren't up to par. I know many people walked away cherishing their photo booth pics - which I loved! Belle Immagini Photo Booth was truly one of a kind to work with. I was so impressed with their kind and giving spirits, truly beautiful people! 

Our colors were a touch of mint, gold and blush pink. For flowers we used peonies, ranunculus, hydrangeas, garden roses and dusty miller. Everything looked like the ethereal dream I had been imagining for the past year.

If you have any questions on weddings at Lake Park Bistro {tented} or wedding vendors in Milwaukee please don't hesitate to shoot me an e-mail at




July 15, 2014

MGD: 9th and Elm

"9th & Elm was founded by Clay and Elly Bethune in the spring of 2013 with a mission to bring it's members fabulous fashion from the best handmade and independent designers. We realize it is extremely difficult to sort through and discover handmade fashion geared towards the "fashionista". Search no longer. Exclusive deals handpicked by our buyers will be delivered daily to our users inbox."

When perusing 9th & Elm I absolutely fell in love with their indepent designers and handmade pieces. I've said it in many a blog post before, but I absolutely love monograms. As you can see in the picture below I've added a ring to my finger and a new last name to my dossier, hence the need for a new monogram necklace. I was thrilled to see that 9th & Elm had just what I was looking for, for an insanely reasonable price! I've been wanting a gold block monogram necklace for quite some time now! 

I currently love this gold monogram ring! Perfect to give to one of your newly engaged gal pals with her new last name! 

I've incorporated this piece into my everyday rotation. The only time I don't wear it is when I have a statement necklace on, and even then I feel a bit naked without it! 


So this selfie is embarrassing, but it gives you a great idea of what the necklace looks like on! I thought that the chain would be bulky at first, but when I put it on it becomes nearly invisible - just how I like it! 


My daily jewelry: 9th & Elm Monogram Necklace, Tag Heuer Watch, Forever21 Gold Link Bracelet, Stella and Dot Renegade Bracelet and Screw Bangle. 

This post is sponsored by 9th and Elm. I was given a credit to their online store. All opinions are my own.