Just Me aghan

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fall Fashion Swap

Saturday I held my second clothing swap with a handful of friends. Everyone brought at least five fall/winter items, either clothes or accessories which were then hung up and put on display. Each of us had 5 tags to label our favorite pieces. If there was more than one tag on an item we stuck the names in a hat and pulled for the person who "won" the item.

Serena brought some Jamberry samples with her and showed everyone how to apply them to their nails. The accent nail of choice was definitely the ring finger. Seeing all the different designs on a nail and not just on the sheet made a difference. I ordered this black floral Sweet Nothing Nail Wrap. It looks perfect for fall and I can't wait to get them in! There are so many different Jamberry prints available, Jamberry even has a Pumpkin Spice Nail Wrap- hah!

Kelsey, Ashley of Sailor's Omen and Serena getting their Jamicures on.
We tried to keep all the food in theme with fall. Baked brie and apples, sangria, red pepper cheese dip, and pumpkin spice chai cookies filled the table. 

In the first swap this past spring we were accompanied by Serena's adorable son Milo, this time new mommy Lauren brought little Melody for our girls day. She was a happy little lady and not phased at all by the dogs.

Lauren  with baby Melody.searching for some new pieces.

Kelsey and baby Mel.
I have a Jamberry party open if you want to join. Serena says they can last up to two weeks, I have a set on now and I'll update you with the outcome soon. If my new set comes in before that I may be changing them sooner though. ;)

Have you been part of a clothing swap before? Would you hold one yourself?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Giveaway: Apricot Lane Boutique

I always get fired up when I hear about a new shop opening in our area. Apricot Lane Boutique is one of the newest additions to north east Florida. With a new home in The Avenues, Apricot Lane Boutique is a nice addition to the variety of shops already there. I can't wait to get up there and shop their looks straight from the LA Fashion District at affordable prices.

Apricot Lane Boutique, Jacksonvilles Avenues

Continue reading and enter the giveaway (link to post) to win!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Thriving Under Thirty: Lauren Christy Jewelry

Living in a coastal Florida area and spending every summer at the beach growing up, I am very drawn to Lauren Christy Jewelry. Many of the rings remind me of driftwood and the shells scattered along the shore I used to search for with my grandmother. It is my pleasure to include Lauren Christy in my Thriving Under Thirty series this month. A fellow Flagler College alumna this Floridian is now living in Italy chasing her dreams. Read on to see what it's like to be an expat running a business in a new country.

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I have a degree in Business Administration from Flagler College and a certification as a Bench Jeweler from Studio Jeweler’s in New York City. While in NYC, I began my jewelry career working for Giles & Brother and I opened my own Etsy shop called Brass & Lyre that functioned as a part time creative outlet. It was always my dream to have my own collection and work completely for myself. When I got the chance to move to Milan, Italy, I finally took the plunge and started a fine jewelry line.

What is your biggest source of inspiration?

I know it’s cliché but I really do find inspiration everywhere. I even have a necklace called The Aurora that was inspired by the sidewalks of Milan. Living in Europe can feel like museum overload sometimes but ancient relics inspire me constantly. I especially love seeing old Roman and Egyptian jewelry. Everything was so much more raw and unrefined back then and I tend to gravitate more towards that look. If you look at my current collection, you can easily see that the ocean and nature are my biggest inspirations. Being from Florida, I think I have some seawater in my blood and I can never go too long without seeing the ocean.

What were the biggest obstacles you faced to getting where you are now with your shop?

Well let’s just say, I don’t recommend a foreign country as the first place to launch your business. Learning Italian, figuring out the business laws and trying to get the permits to stay and open this business have all been struggles. But all that work has really allowed me to see how much I really want to have my own business and for it to be successful.

What has been your most popular/best selling item?

The Capiz has been my most sold piece. It is a necklace made from a cast pendant that resembles a flat, wide shell and it comes in sterling silver or bronze.

Do you have any words of advice for other creatives looking to succeed with their artistic talents?

I always advise people to just go for it! There’s really nothing to lose. For me, I had people asking for years to buy stuff and I never really had confidence in my creations. So, one day, I decided to just open up an Etsy shop and see what would happen. And I remember I sold my first piece that same day to a total stranger and that just blew my mind that there were people out there that actually wanted to buy my pieces. Also, don’t underprice your items! Pricing can be really difficult and it’s taken me a long time to figure out that I had been underselling my pieces for years.

What is the most difficult part of your job?

Managing everything on my own is extremely difficult. Right now, it’s just me, so I design, create and produce every piece. I also have to manage the website, the marketing and all the accounting aspects. That’s when I’m grateful for my business degree! It can be so hard to be motivated every day when you’re on your own but I have begun to realize that I’m really at my most happiest self when I’m working for myself and selling my own pieces.

Lauren very kindly has provided all of you with a discount for reading. Use code JUSTMEAGHAN to get 15% off until October 31st. Tweet me with whatever you order- I want to see what you decide on. :) I'm either ordering her silver Anthoza Ring or Capnella Ring, I will never be without the oceanic vibes with these pieces!

I will continue to bring you interviews with successful women under  (I'm getting old) around the age of thirty. If you or someone you know might be interested in being featured please email meaghanmae@gmail.com. 

Linked up today with Because Shanna Said So and Mid Week Muse.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Fab Favorites Link Up: Nordstrom Jacksonville Gala

Happy Fashion Friday! I'm thrilled about today's post! Not only is it Fashion Friday, but I'm also linking up with Lauren from Style Elixir for the Fab Favorites Link Up. So getting right into it. :)

I was invited to attend the Nordstrom Grand Opening Gala in Jacksonville Wednesday night. The proceeds (over $100,000 raised!) helped to benefit Cathedral Arts Project, Junior League of Jacksonville and Wolfson Children's Hospital. The event offered guests an early peek at the brand new Nordstrom before their official grand opening while sipping on drinks and munching on goodies.

Nordstrom Gala, Jacksonville, Meaghan and Didier Alvarado
I have a secret, this is actually the second dress I bought for the event. The first was not exactly gala attire so I ventured to Ross and found this gem hued floor length dress for half the price of the first one I purchased. Why did I not think to go there first, ugh!

Nordstrom Jax Gala attire, Just Me aghan fashion blogger

Nordstrom Jax Gala
Pots de creme, macaroons, mini margaritas, and mason jar decor!
 Ah, I was so in love. French desserts, margaritas and shabby chic decor- great job Nordstrom crew!

Live models at Nordstrom Gala
Live models!! 
 Needless to say there was so much going on, and with 1,400 people I was a little overwhelmed to do any real shopping. I did however pick up this very fitting Kate Spade travel mug and some cologne for hubs.

U better work, Just Me aghan, Beth Ann
Nadia of U Better Work and Nordstrom Stylist Beth Sullivan
I need to get back up there again soon and meet up with personal stylist Beth Sullivan. I'm really interested to see what type of pieces she would match me up with. Beth actually had shared a what to wear and what not to wear instagram post that strongly swayed my decision on this dress so it was a huge compliment when she told Nadia and I that we were best dressed for the gala! :)

Just Me aghan, fab'rik Cindy Itkoff, Erin Wiggle
With Cindy, owner of Jacksonville's fab'rik and blogger Erin Wiggle.

I was so happy to find some of my fashionista friends at the event! As I have said before the community of bloggers is one of my favorite parts of blogging. I love talking to other ladies who enjoy tapping away at their keyboards too!

Sometimes link ups are a little complicated, this one shouldn't be but if you have any issues with the link up below tweet me and I'll help you out!

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I also linked up with these other bloggers today: Happiness at Mid-Life and What I Wore.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Fall Favorites

When I was younger summer was my favorite time of year. No school, weekend trips to the beach, sun tans, summer reads, all around nothing to worry about other then to reapply my SPF 4 oil. (No, I am not using SPF 4 anymore, I use 30 at all times and no longer spend endless hours baking at the beach.)

This year I'm loving apple and pumpkin flavored everything, cinnamon brooms, boots (booties this year), new scarves, cute sweaters, adorable cape jackets, and the sudden urge to rock a hat. It's a little too warm for half of the items in that list in Florida still, but hey a girl can dream!

Last year I didn't get my Halloween decorations up until October 31st, so this year I already have everything up. The only thing I can't seem to find is this adorable white chevron pumpkin I made last year.

What are you loving about fall this year? Are your decorations up yet?

P.S. For anyone attending the sold out Nordstrom Grand Opening Gala in Jacksonville tonight tweet or email me. I"ll be there and I'd love to meet you!
I'll be posting my look on Instagram before the event so be sure you're following @justmeaghan. ;)