Disneyland with Jackson Guthy!

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Disneyland, California

When singer/songwriter/hooligan/LA native Jackson Guthy said yes to my promposal in December, I knew it was a long shot (but the yes was pretty cool). After he had to get surgery, Jackson had to say no to prom, but he said yes to something else.

Jackson flew my mom, my friend Leah and me out to Los Angeles earlier this week. Day one consisted of flying across the country, walking the walk of fame in Hollywood and hitting the sack quite early, for Cali time is a bit difficult to adjust to. After waking up at 6am on the dot (all of us) the next morning, we spent most of our morning at Starbucks (the only place that happened to be open that early) and then moseyed around until it was time to head for Disneyland!

We met Jackson and a bunch of his friends (Ray, Lurie, Mozart, Edison and Ethan) at Disneyland and then set off for some rides. Before this trip, being on a bus that simultaneously turned and went up a hill would freak me out, so I was not expecting to go on many rides. But as you can tell from the ridiculous ride pictures (Space Mountain takes the cake), I went on loads. Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Tower of Terror, the Indiana Jones ride, just to name a few. While I held on for dear life (my arms are still sore…), I had more fun than you could ever imagine. At dinner we exchanged polaroids and drank way too many diet cokes (they were bottomless AND served in mason jar cups) and then it was time to say goodbye. We flew home the next afternoon, after doing some major damage in the stores near our hotel, and landed way past our bed times in New York.

 

Mixtape of the day: Music is obviously a huge part of my life (hence the Tunes in T&T) and I wanted to share some of my favorite songs with Jackson (and his friend Ray) as a thank you. I started making this mixtape, which I entitled “My Prom Is Wherever You Are” after the line Zac Efron says in my all time favorite scene of High School Musical 3, before Jackson even said he would go to prom with me. Therefore, it is a total mix of new and old songs. After editing it multiple times, the final mixtapes looked and sounded quite good in my opinion, and it seemed like Ray and Jackson liked them just as much as I did. Listen to Jackson’s mixtape here.

 

I want to end this post with some words of wisdom (or words as wisdom-y as a 17 year old can be): if you work for your dreams and you truly believe they will come true, something good will come of them. The outcome may not be your exact wish, like a date to prom, but it will all work out in the end. 

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Peace n Blessings

Megan

Travel Bug

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Dress: Urban Outfitters | Sandals: Dolce Vita | Necklace: St. Christopher’s Medal | Buddha Bracelet: Queen Bee Jewelry | Other Bracelet: Alex & Ani | Ring: Rome | Earrings: Murano Glass from Murano, Italy

(photography by Leah Collier)

 

Hollywood, California

Ah, back to new and beautiful backgrounds. Aren’t I just the travel bug these days? I have been in three different time zones in the past three weeks (which is not good for my sleep schedule, by the way) and I have been milking the whole “it was just my birthday” situation for as long as possible (which is not good for my wallet). This outfit is a bit of a mix of my “worldly style”, a title I use in my head almost every time I get dressed. An almost turtle neck, an open back, air dried short hair, jewelry; every city I have visited has rubbed off on me. My edgy New York styled dress, my Italian jewelry featuring California Buddhist vibes, and surprisingly, it meshes together well.

My next post will be about a special day out  and about in this beautiful coast and will explain my whole trip out here (which you’ll already know about if you follow me on Instagram) so stay tuned!

 

Playlist of the Day: One of my newest 8tracks mixes, “indie summer”

 

Peace n Blessings

Megan

Smart Girls Conference

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Top: Keene LA | Pants: Forever 21 | Sandals: Dolce Vita | Necklace: Michael Kors | Bracelet/Ring: NYC | Bag: Kenneth Cole c/o Smart Girls Group 

(photography by Kathryn McSherry)

 

As you can tell by the lack of new (or beautiful) background, I am back in America. Although I miss Italy like crazy, my time back in New York has been great. Extremely hot, but great. And I know what you’re thinking… “Megan, if it was “”extremely hot”” today, why did you wear pants?”. Today I attended day one of the Smart Girls Group Conference at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus in New York City and such a conference called for business-y attire. The conference was truly inspiring, with speakers ranging from Kayla Webley (senior editor, Marie Claire) to Shiza Shahid (CEO, Malala Fund) to Stephanie Ruhle (editor at large/anchor, Bloomberg News). Hearing from such successful women in all sorts of corporate fields and leadership ranks and being surrounded by other young women interested in the same things as me was amazing. I even made some blogger friends! I have a full day of girl power scheduled for tomorrow and I can’t wait.

 

Some noteworthy quotes from today:

“Work hard on your self, don’t be hard on yourself” – Sarah Rhule

“If we accept the stereotypes of women in the work force, we’re as guilty as those who participate” -Sarah Rhule

“Learning is different from education. Learning how to be a change maker is what’s important.” – Shiza Shahid

“Don’t let your To-Do’s get in the way of your What-If’s” - Ashley Parrish

 

p.s. Vote for this look on Teen Vogue’s Fashion Click!

 

Peace n Blessings

Megan

 

Ciao, Italia

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Pants: Marshalls | Top: Urban Outfitters | Sandals: Marshalls | Bag: Florence | Bracelets: Sienna
(photography by Caroline Gillespie)

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I can’t believe it’s my last day in Italy. I’ve been looking forward to this trip since I was accepted to this program at school a year and a half ago and now it’s basically over. I can definitely say that I took in everything Italy had to offer. I shopped, I bargained, I ate gelato basically every day (sometimes twice), I visited museum after museum, I climbed huge towers and saw beautiful views, and I had some amazing pasta. Florence has been amazing. And not just the museums and views (they have a Gucci Museum… like what), the culture and vibe of the city has been my favorite. The fashion, the street shops, the lack of extreme tourism, the list could go on.
Aside from the sappy “I’m leaving the best place on Earth” talk, I feel like this outfit is the most Italian yet. Palazzo pants in a bold print, gladiator sandals and a real Italian leather bag are all very typical of Italian street style (and will be major parts of my new worldly style).

Pace e benedizioni
Megan

Seventeen

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Dress: Brandy Melville Italy | Kimono: Marshalls | Sandals: Marshalls | Ring: Rome | Bracelets: Alex & Ani (birthday gift from my Aunt, Mary Pat)

(photography by Caroline Gillespie)

 

Roma

When I applied for an Italian cultural program at school, I never thought I would be spending three weeks of my summer and my seventeenth birthday IN Italy. Waking up to the bright Italian sun, ordering gelato in Italian, winning two scavenger hunts in Italian cities, walking through medieval towns with crazy horse races, pondering over Renaissance art, shopping in Italian boutiques, being sung to in Italian by complete strangers on my seventeenth birthday, these are things I will never forget. And with only two days left of my trip, it’s safe to say that I’ll be back.

 

Album of the Day: Because it’s my birthday (and the album was released around my birthday), I’m sharing a whole album: Ed Sheeran’s “X” (pronounced “Multiply”). Easily the best album I have ever heard.

 

Peace n Blessings

Megan

Gladiator

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Skirt: Old Navy | Top: Brandy Melville | Sandals: Marshalls

(photography by Caroline Gillespie)

Roma

Going to be honest, these pictures were taken before I ever visited the Colosseum (they were actually taken the day I visited Vatican City… oops) but the braided crown and gladiator sandal combo is totally Colosseum-Gladiator-Roman-esque. This skirt I got solely to cover my knees for “church days” in Italy but it has definitely grown on me. But then again, that may just be Italy. Platform sneakers, leather bags, printed dresses and birkenstocks (I know) have also grown on me… But with only one week left in Italy, I’lll absorb any bit of style I possibly can.

p.s. today is my birthday but you will have to wait for a birthday ootd

p.p.s. vote for this look on Teen Vogue’s Fashion Click! 

 

Peace n Blessings

Megan

Maxi’s in Murano

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Dress: Marshalls | Shoes: Marshalls | Fedora: Venice street stand

(photography by Caroline Gillespie)

 

Venezia

In our matching maxi’s, my classmates and I spent today wandering around Venice and then venturing off to two new islands: Murano and Burano. These two cities were far less touristy than Venice itself, which reminded me a lot of Bologna. But while in Venice, I have found myself becoming more and more of a tourist (even though I can order my food in decent Italian). My too-large camera became a necklace and a fedora replaced my sunnies.

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Peace n Blessings

Megan