8.04.2017

tacos, jewelry, and girlbosses


As some of her bracelets famously spell out, Nano Anderson of Cuffed by Nano is a BOSS BABE. That's why I was so hyped when I found out her business was local to me, and that I was able to collaborate with her! Cuffed by Nano started when Nano was working a corporate fashion retail job and started designing jewelry on the side as just a way to stay creative and energized outside of work.  Nano says she had no idea it would bloom into what has become Cuffed by Nano, but she kept pushing herself to expand as the brand started to grow.  She took a big leap a year ago and quit her full time job to pursue it full time, and I'm so glad she did!
just one of the cheeky phrases available on Cuffed by Nano
I discovered the brand when it appeared on my "explore" page on Instagram (follow @cuffedbynano) and I thought the chokers in the photo were too cute and unlike any I had ever seen. Let's face it, chokers can get a reputation for being a little too...early 2000's Britney. But these were fun, subtle, and dainty enough for every day wear. Nano ended up sending me a custom choker which I had "MEG" put on. I love it because it adds a personal touch to any outfit, can be layered with other necklaces, and is just really high-quality.


I styled and wore it to a taco truck festival with Rachel, who took all of these photos for me!

Lastly, I got to ask Nano what advice she would give to young girls interested in starting a business. She said:
Be sure to check out Cuffed on their website and Instagram.
And... keep an eye out for a giveaway on my Instagram!


stay sunny,
meg



7.13.2017

what to wear for senior photos

I'm not gonna lie...picking out outfits for my senior pictures was STRESSFUL. I mean, these outfits are going to be memorialized in my pictures forever, and that seems like a lot of pressure! 

One thing that helped lessen that pressure for me was that I thought no matter what I wear, it's going to be out of style someday. I'll probably laugh at it as an adult, and if my kids are cool they'll want those outfits to wear as vintage pieces. Just saying. 

I ended up not being set on my outfits until  an hour before my pictures, but I'm happy with how they turned out! So, I thought I'd put together some tips for you upcoming seniors and juniors :-) 

1. WEAR YOUR FAVORITE COLOR
Whoever said you have to wear neutral colors for pictures has probably never posed in front of a camera wearing a bright dress. It's SO fun. One of my favorite colors is orange, so I wore a red-orange broderie style dress that ended up being great in photos. Wear the color you love.


2. WEAR WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD 
You've probably heard to wear a pants outfit, a skirt outfit, a dress, and so on. I say wear what you like! For me, pants are not my favorite things to wear. So, I didn't wear them and packed denim shorts and lots of dresses instead. If you wear something you love, your confidence will show in pictures. 


3. SHOW OFF YOUR PASSIONS
For some of my pictures, I wore my cross country jersey. Running has been a big part of my high school career, and I wanted the photos to reflect that! If you are passionate about a sport or activity, consider wearing something from it. 


4. REWEAR AN OCCASION DRESS
When I was talking with my mom about potential outfits, she told me I should wear something the same color as my homecoming dress. So, I decided to just wear my homecoming dress! It's the perfect way to get another use out of a dress I wore once but feel happy in. I just toned it down with simple pearl studs and sandals/bare feet. 


Remember, senior pictures are about YOU! They show off all the things you've accomplished in high school and are basically a celebration of how cute and awesome you are. So enjoy and be yourself!

Some items I think would look great in pictures...

stay sunny, 
meg

PS: if you're in the Dayton area and need a photographer... hit up my girl Kate Skardon. She took all of my photos and made the process super easy! Tell her I sent ya :-)



6.16.2017

how i declutter

One of the reasons I look forward to summer is because I finally have time to declutter (organization NERD hello). These first few weeks of summer act as a little "reset" for me: time to take a breath, practice some self-care, and spend lots of time in the sun. My "reset" also includes a whole lot of organization. However, I don't want to spend TOO much time organizing, and I want my results to last, so I have a specific way I tidy up. For this post, I've chronicled my best tips for organization, sorted by type of space!

+GETTING PREPPED
To start off your organization spree, make your bed and get everything off your floor. This way, you'll have space to lay things out on while you organize. This will reduce frustration and cut down on time it takes you to declutter.

+FIRST AREA: CLOSET AND/OR DRESSER
Start by taking all of your clothes out of your closet and laying them on your bed. You are going to be sorting into four piles: warm weather clothes to keep, cold weather clothes to keep, donate/hand-me-down, and recycle (I'll get to the how to recycle later).

Pick up each item of clothing and think about if it's really you (wear what you are!), if it brings you joy, if it is in good condition, and, the big question: if you were in a store would you buy this right now? If you answer yes to those questions, put it in the pile for its weather type. If you decide to part with it but it's still in good condition, put it in your donate/hand-me-down pile. And if it's something that no one will want, put it in the recycle pile. Do this with all of the clothing.

+WHAT TO DO WITH THE PILES
Keep:
Put the clothes you decide to keep back in your closet, with the current season's clothes most accessible. Here's the catch: put the hangers backwards. When you wear something, put the hanger the correct way. At the end of the year or season, if the hanger is still backwards then it's probably time to part with that piece of clothing since you haven't found time to wear it (unless it's like a Dior ball gown, def keep that).
Donate/Give Away:
Find these clothes loving homes. Whether it's making a Goodwill drop off, sending them home with friends, giving them to your younger neighbor, or even selling them on Poshmark, make sure these don't hang around in your room for much longer.
Recycle:
Take these to your local H&M. You'll get 15% off and they'll recycle them, so it's a win-win! Some Levi's, American Eagle, Madewell, and North Face stores do this too for various rewards. Get rewarded for rewarding YOURSELF by decluttering and for rewarding THE EARTH by recycling. Win-win-win-win.

As for your dresser, do the same "four pile" method as above. Additionally, fold your tshirts like how I did below and invest in small bins for undies and socks.

+SECOND AREA: DESK/STUDY SPACE
I know for me, this is the place that takes the biggest hit from clutter. Before you start to tidy, think about yourself and your study habits. This will help you know what to save so that you can refer to it later. For me, I only save my notebooks from Spanish because everything else I can easily look up on Google or in my virtual notebooks. I gather old course materials from throughout the year and recycle them. I try to save binders and folders for future use if they're in good shape!

Then, go through your supplies like pencils and sort out anything that you have too many of. Donate those to a local school supply drive if they're use-able. Anything that's broken should be recycled or thrown it away. Lastly, put together a pencil bag of things to use next year so you know what you'll need to buy!

+THIRD AREA: BATHROOM
One of my biggest solutions for bathroom clutter was getting a small bin for things I use every day. It has my foundation and brush, eyelash curler, mascara, cleanser, and moisturizer. I take it out from the cabinet, use the items, then put it away. This also helps set apart what you really use, and what you can throw away.

Go through your makeup and toss what's past its prime/dried out/has been replaced. Throw away samples you won't use and empty bottles. If you have an awesome product that you love, like a great mascara, then throw away all other mascaras. 

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I hope these tips will help you clear your clutter, and therefore clear your mind! I've also been pinning some awesome minimalist interior design inspo and organization tips on this Pinterest board.

stay sunny
meg

6.11.2017

ruffles galore

At the moment, everyone's favorite embellishment seems to be ruffles. As a long-time ruffle lover myself, I'm super into this trend because of its feminine and nostalgic feel. They look good on so many body types and clothing items: from shorts, to tops, to even swimsuits.

My friend Lucy from Daily Dose of Prep feels the same way, so we are collaborating today to share two different ways to wear ruffles. If you've never visited Daily Dose of Prep, definitely add it to your reading list and check out her cute post. Lucy's classic style and dedication to her blog constantly amaze me-- I think you'll love it!

As for my look, I'm wearing a dress from Shein. Don't get me wrong, Shein can be hit or miss, but I'd say this was a hit at $17! I especially like the one shoulder style because while I think off the shoulder dresses are super cute, they can be impractical for me because they constantly slip. So, the one shoulder was a more comfortable compromise.
 I wore the dress while exploring downtown Columbus and Franklin Conservatory with Rachel and our friend Anna. We had tons of fun!
Look at our butterfly friend!


I also put together some other ruffle-y pieces for you to shop:

stay sunny
meg

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5.31.2017

my favorite smoothie bowl recipe

As temperatures have been heating up, I bet your Instagram feed has seen its fair share of smoothie bowls. I mean, they're basically a food blogger's dream: impressively gorgeous, customizable, and their toppings pack an extra nutrient punch.


As one of my first breakfasts of summer, I decided to create smoothie bowl of my own with all of my favorite goodies.  Rachel and I hit Whole Foods for some pretty fruits, then she came over to take photos and enjoy with me. I wrote down the completed recipe so I could present it on the blog and you could make a beautiful breakfast for yourself! So, grab a friend and your blender-- you're gonna wanna make this one.

THE BASE
makes two bowls
  • 1/4 ripe avocado....(or 1/2 of those cute mini ones)
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 cup of frozen raspberries (or any frozen berry, use a lighter berry for a greener color)
  • 3 handfuls of fresh baby spinach (or more if you're feelin green)
  • 1 handful baby kale
  • 1.5 cups sugar free coconut milk (full fat for those healthy fats!
  • 1/2 tsp matcha with 1/2 tsp hot water
Blend until creamy, add more coconut milk if it won't blend. (Optional: place your bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes to thicken it so the toppings don't sink!)

THE TOPPINGS
The toppings are what make the bowl. I added tons of fruit and seeds, and you can also add nut butters!


Some ideas:
  • Pomegranate
  • Kiwi
  • Dragonfruit
  • Citrus slices
  • Blueberries
  • Fruit cut with melon baller
  • Banana slices
  • Drizzled yogurt
  • Chia pudding
  • Drizzled nut butter
  • Hemp hearts
  • Chia seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Almond slices
  • Coconut flakes/chips


For more inspo, follow my Pinterest board.

stay sunny
meg

recipe created by meg schwieterman, all photos by rachel issler

5.28.2017

ten foods with easy sugar free options

Ice cream, slushies, popsicles, lemonade... all the foods that characterize a super fun summer. Our sugar intake tends to increase when we're out of school: meeting friends for ice cream, drinking milkshakes by the pool, or eating tons of candy at sleepovers. Of course, that's life. But as more and more studies point to the harmful effects of too much sugar (inflammation, acne, GI issues, even early death), something has to give.

As we up our sugar intake in some places, it's important to watch out for added sugars elsewhere. We need to find a healthy balance. Many ordinary foods have mounds sugar hiding in them, and there are easy alternatives to avoid this! After being sugar free for three months, I found a lot of really yummy ways to cut out sugar. And I don't mean by using gross sweeteners made in a lab, these are natural, wholesome solutions.


1. Yogurt // Buying plain yogurt (Siggi's is my favorite), and sweetening the taste by adding fruit, fruit reductions, nut butters, or a little bit of honey is a great way to cut sugar in your favorite snack

2. Cereal // Use plain puffed grains like kamut or millet, honey-sweetened granola, or Nature's Path fruit juice corn flakes 

3. Tea and Coffee // You can get used to anything. So, if you're hooked on super sweet tea or a coffee with 2 sugars, try giving it up for a week and use honey, coconut sugar, or unsweetened coconut milk. Coconut milk is naturally sweet and chock full of healthy fats! You'll get used to the taste and save yourself sugar on the daily.

4. Granola Bars // Tons of granola bars marketed as "healthy" are chock-full of sugars. Try RX Bars, Simple Squares, or make your own!

5. Nut Butters // There's a reason why all homemade nut butters are all over heath bloggers' Instagrams. They're yummy, fresh, customizable, and do not contain the sugar content of many store-bought brands. 

6. Alternative Milks // If you're a vegan or a nut milk drinker, be sure you check the ingredients. Extra sugar is a common preservative and ingredient in almond, soy, coconut and other milks. For an easy, real food, all natural version, it's easy to make your own

7. Oatmeal // Spice up your morning oats with cinnamon, fruit, and nut butter instead of sugar. 

8. Waffles and Pancakes // In my personal experience, breakfast is the meal where it's easiest to pile on the sugar. To avoid that mistake, look for brands like Simple Mills that don't contain sugar! (Or make your own from scratch)

9. Chocolate // After being sugar-free, my lifesaver has been coconut sugar chocolate (like Eating Evolved or Vivoo). 

10. Jelly // If you're a pb + j lover, it'd be easy to sub your jelly for a brand with no added sugar, like Dafour. Or, you can make your own fruit reduction by boiling berries with citrus juice until they break down.

Enjoy your summer, and remember it's all about balance. Eat that popsicle, but look out for those extra sugars!

stay sunny
meg

ps- so sorry if you saw this post unfinished last week! I accidentally took it out of drafts when it wasn't done. 

5.17.2017

prom pictures

I'm currently sitting in a hot and boring study hall in my non-air conditioned school, flipping through pictures and wishing I was back at prom. I attended my first prom a couple of weeks ago and it was a blast! Of course, I was super excited to dress up in a fancy dress and spend time with my friends before the school year ends. I thought I would share some photos from the event with you all...


This is the lineup for what I wore:  dress 1 2 | shoes (similar) | earrings 

I absolutely loved my dress, it was the very first one I tried on so I got lucky!

My pretty pretty best friends
Get someone that looks at you the way Auggie looks at me <3
My little sister, Emma, was just as excited for me to go to Prom as I was
Rachel in front of the camera for once :-)
I kept jewelry to a minimum because the dress was so embellished.  But, I did get to wear my great grandma's rings from the 40's!
I hope everyone had fun at their proms, good luck on final exams!

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stay sunny
meg