Summer Swimmies

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I’ve been scouring the racks this summer to find the perfect swimmies. Between our Mexican Friendcation last month and our Texan Famcation this month I was in need of a swimsuit re-boot. Here are some I loved, and others I bought:

This adorbs j crew swimsuit cover up is embroidered, and I’m obsessed. I wore one similar from j crew in Mexico and I felt like a beach goddess.

As always I’m still obsessed with floral prints. This one being from Forever 21. or Forever 24 in my case.

What about you, lovlies? Have any summer items you’re drooling over?






Hey Dolls,

Surely it hasn’t been two entire weeks, since I last mentioned the grand #fashionfursday. Or has it been three? Sweet goodness, I hope Time takes note of my pace sluggish behind her, and slows down for one millisecond.

I’ve been preparing my wardrobe, my mind, and my husby for the move, and also for vacation. Which surreally correlate.

We’ve been on a fairly strict diet for about 4 days now, and with my toe almost completely mended I am back in the gym. Huffin and puffin the stale sweaty air around me. 

I have just under 10 weeks, to loose some weight, some furniture, and sadly the city I love so very much.

I have 2 more waxes. 50 more works. and 72 fading days until the end.

but ENOUGH of that already!

It’s #fashionfursday, and I want to see what you’re wearing.

Here are some of my favorite looks from around the interwebs-





As for me, I’m glued to my new jacket. My darling friend bought it for me. I’m convinced it’s because she thinks I might die in the Boston cold.



So, my darlings. What are you wearing? 

insta @thexoxoMM or #fashionfursday

Busy as a bee.

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Hello lovelies,

I assume you all though I was dead. On the contrary, for the first time this year I was outside for longer than 20 mins. I played more rounds of games than one, and I celebrated a man, my man, and a new niece.

Luckily, I took pictures of most everything that happened. What I didn’t capture was due to the fear that my phone could fall out of the kayak and into the lake.

Here’s some shots from the past week. An obvious favorite being from my sweet, adorable new niece, Bridget.


Friends from the land of Oklahoma!



Celebrations being documented.


Old fashioned cupcakes, seriously had whiskey in the frosting and the batter. Amazing, gluten-free and I modified to be vegan!



The most beautiful animals in the world- stealing the show on St. Patties Day.



So in love.



Brother meeting sister for the first time.



We’re entirely obsessed with our new Aeropress. Best cup of coffee I’ve had in my life- sans exagération. We honestly have saved so much money making our delicious americanos at home.



Finally made it to Gordoughs, with zero disappointment. 


And somehow despite not loosing any weight, and eating that ginormous donut sandwich I appear to be getting a bit more Slim Jim.

And because this post was completely personal, here’s some links to some fashionable minded people.

Adriana from Leopard Martini always shows reasonable fashion for the every day classic styled person.

I love browsing this fellas blog. It frequently prompts me to email to my husby a list what he should be sporting these days.

Love seeing this girls blog for Austin fashion, and much like me, she has a lot of life on her blog too. Love.

I follow @thuglifeforevs on insta and she is a photography genius, her website is equally mesmerizing. 

As I go east, my sweet friend Megan heads west. Read her blog here, and look for her musings on my blog in the future as we share little snippets on how we plan to prepare our wardrobes for costal living.



The Return of the Ever-Loved #fashionfursday

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About two years ago I was fortunate enough to nanny for the two most adorable two-year old twin girls.

Every day their little mouskateer voices would squeal in sheer delight over the littlest things.

“Ohhhh miss Macy look at that barrette in your hair! Isn’t that the most beautiful thing you ever saw?!”

Despite being the adult I felt like a princess every time their eyes came my way.

I began dressing for them, and educating myself at the same time.

Thus birthed the hashtag #fashionfursday

Because their perfect little mouths couldn’t all the way pronounce the “th” yet.

For today’s #fashionfursday I’ve gathered some instas of Austin street style, and intent to get my butt downtown to capture some live feed of it.

My friends, what are you wearing today?

@thexoxomm and hashtag #fashionfursday to let me know.

Moms, fashionistas, worker bees. I wanna see them all.


The Summer Skinny

Health, Women's Fashion

Hello friends.

How was your weekend?

As someone who is married to a college student, I feel like I get to fully indulge in the upcoming week that is spring break.

Thank the sweet heavens.

This time last year I believe I wasted money and time by seeing Spring Break, the movie.

This year, I will be smarter, I will read more, and I will see something truly entertaining, like The Veronica Mars Movie.

Now, for the true point of my blog: The big ol’ “D” word.


Hate it. Never been good at it. There was this magical time in my life when I was vegan for about 2 years, but then I stopped, and haven’t been able to get a grip since.

I was like an addict coming back to the needle for the first time, except my needle is cheese, and my heroin steak.

“I’ll be better this week” I swore to myself time and time again, but the conviction came when I realized there had been a 20 pound increase since I said, “I Do”.

Now notably, most everyone looks back at their wedding photos with a desire for their thinner self, but I thought I was above it. I thought I was invincible with my vegan powers and determination to be the woman my Husby married. Surprisingly, most, if not all the weight was stacked on in my veganism. Being vegan did wonders for a very long time, and then just as suddenly as the weight came off it began to slowly stack back on.


Total Transparency, that’s what y’all are getting right now. The two photos above are the transformation from May 2012 to July 2013. (I am pictured far right on both) And although there was no photo’d bikini body from the earlier photo, you get the picture.

I do not use these photos to shame or to motivate myself because I love my body to much to think such harmful, gateway thoughts. What it did was provide a clear depiction of how much I wasn’t paying attention to the needs of my body.

During this time I was eating out every weekday at least once and every weekend for every meal. The excuses would be broad if I started to list them. “I’M in school”, “I’m too stressed to think about tomorrow’s lunch”, “I’m tired of only eating salads”, are a few that I used more frequently than not.

Despite the reality check I got in seeing the above photos, I was mortified at the thought of starting yet something else new in the midst of school and work, and Husby’s schedule. So I decided to wait until August, and then the Hubs said he would jump on board if I just waited until January.

So I waited, and let the decision be up to him when I would treat myself better and with more respect. How very silly, I soon realized. If I was going to get fit I was going to do it because I wanted longevity, energy, and a bit more self respect. I knew from previous experiences how much I was going to hate the first few weeks back at the gym. What I didn’t consider was how much more I would hate it with 20 extra pounds. I groaned and I moaned, but I started to reap the benefits. I’ve got a ways to go. It’s still really hard for me to give up that night wine, or cheese plate, but I know my body. I know what it needs and I know that what I have done in the past (the eat anything, drink anything you want lifestyle) was slowly poisoning my mind, body and soul.

A few weeks ago I came up with an brilliant plan. The 5 stickers to surprise method.


This is the calendar I put together for my sticker challenge. Feel free to print and share. I’ll get the sources of the quotes for anyone interested.

Alright, fine, my mom came up with a version of this plan to keep her kindergardener’s motivated throughout the year.

One week- five stickers. That’s my goal. If I work out and behave in my eating for 5 days in one week, then I get a surprise of my (semi) choosing. I gave a list to my Hubs of appropriate surprises and he monitors the calendar on the reg encouraging me and making grand promises of what will come. This past week I made it 4 stickers before I had a little fall on a high beam and ruined one of my tiny toes.


This week though, this is the week I get my 5 little pink stars. Toe or shine. Planet Fitness here I come.

Be encouraged friends. Take note of what your body needs. Not everyone needs to be that size two, but everyone needs to be rounded, balanced and conscious of what’s happening below the neck. (or around the neck area if you gain weight like me)


Some interesting reads on health, diet, and healthy mindsets:

Kate, an acquaintance of mine from Small Steps Upward has a blog that is a wonderful resource for those recovering from anorexia.

Another acquaintance, Amanda is a fantastic writer over on the blog SKINNY FAT

A good recipe blog for vegans, and non-vegans/paleos.

A hilarious video that I think about when on the elliptical.

The Asians know where it’s at..

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I believe I’ve mentioned my obsession with adopted babies- Asian babies in particular melt my heart.

I mean, really… Can’t we all just agree this google image baby is the cutest little squishy there ever was?! And I’m not even a baby person.

Besides the indisputably cute babies, there’s something else I’ve noticed about Asian culture– they’re as trendy as it gets when it comes to the realms of fashion. Here’s some street fashion I found floating around the interweb:

I love seeing the combination of something very adult and something that is reminiscent of childhood.

What do you think of Asian fashion?


Ps- Some links to some really cool asian fashion blogs-

Thirsty Thought

The Wicked Ying

Fashion Bandwagon

Can You Pass the Glitter

9 to 5 Chic

Manly Men…

Hair, Men's Fashion

Have you seen the latest in men’s everything? Divine.

I’m in love….

The hair! The styling! Oh, me, oh my…

Not to mention the tailored suits!!!
(Left: Malan Breton; Center: Billy Reid; Right: Ovaida & Sons)


And for the “it” men’s hair of the season–

May the Pompadours be ever in your favour.

 (Ninh Nguyen Creative Director of Ninh Collection)

The classy comb-over, the boyish crop, and the long and lean.

I’ve been making the  misters grow out his hair for a while now, so it’s pretty close to the long and lean pictured above.

Swoon over men, men’s fashion and especially men’s hair.

xoxo- MM