5 things I’ve learned since graduating from college

Post grad, 5 things I've learned

I can not believe it has been a whole year since I graduated from college! If I’m being honest, it seems much longer. The past year has been an incredible time of growth and change for me, personally and professionally. I don’t think anyone or anything can prepare you for your first year out – But here are five things I’ve learned so far in the “real world.”

1.) Your first job probably won’t be your dream job

Yep. Even if you had all the right internships, at all the right places, that doesn’t mean you’re going to land your dream job at your dream company. Everyone has to pay their dues and get full-time experience under their belt in order to move up and move on. My advice is to work at that first job like it is your dream job and eventually you’ll get there. Experience is everything!

2.) Friendships will fade, and that’s OK

You may walk out of college with hundreds of friends (sorority girls I’m looking at you). But the truth is, over the course of your first year out you will find out which friendships were built to last and which ones were meant to stay in school. I’m not saying friendships will end, but they will fade, and that’s okay! Everyone is busy trying to build lives, moving away, making new friends, starting lives with significant others and trying to balance it all.

3.) This is the BEST time to be independent

You can literally go anywhere and do anything you want. Take a year off to travel, take the job across the country, start a business, start a career, focus on YOU. After all, the most important relationship is the one you have with yourself and this is the ideal time to nurture it and be a little selfish.

4.) Learning never ends, and networking is crucial

Now at almost a year at my first “real,” job, I’ve learned there’s still so much about my industry I didn’t know, and couldn’t have learned in a classroom. I’ve discovered new things I want and need to learn to progress and have been inspired to try new things outside my comfort zone. And I know our professors drilled it into our minds that networking is critical, but it really REALLY is. It can get you your next job, client…Ok I’ll stop while I’m ahead.

5.) No one’s path is the same, go at your own pace

It’s hard not to compare ourselves to others, but it really is important to take everything at your own pace. If you see others progressing more quickly than you, personally or professionally, don’t feel rushed, let it fuel your fire. Everyone’s path is different! It doesn’t matter what everyone else is doing, it matters what YOU are doing.

Your turn! What did you learn your first year after graduating from college?


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Xo Megan

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Style Vibes: 70s Everything

If I have to stomach another tired, “festival-inspired” season one more time, I don’t think I’ll make it. This summer I’m craving easy, sexy, rich and colorful, 1970’s-inspired pieces that are throw and go.Transitional pieces have always been a favorite in my closet, but this summer I’ll be trading in my skinnies for flares. Flowy, ethereal and a little bit rock and roll – I’m thinking a little less Coachella and a little more Woodstock.

Put down that Forever 21 crop top and back away slowly…Who’s with me?

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My picks:

platforms, flares, the mini, the maxi, boots, jacket, top, sandals


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Xo Megan


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Florals for Spring…

Groundbreaking.

There’s no better time for new beginnings like the Springtime. I hope you’re all enjoying the warmer weather here in the Midwest as much as I am!

I would never consider myself a girly girl, hold your scoff. I’m serious – spring is all about color and florals, however those who know me know I would never be caught dead in a pink floral dress and pastel heels. So on that note, here’s how I do spring fashion:

Neutral florals, add some leather and sensible shoes – Spring I’m ready for ya! It’s all about adding a little edge and as always, keeping it real and true to your personal style.

xo Megan

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5 Things: Winter 2015 Edition

1. Black on Black

Inspiration:

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My picks:


Black on Black Converse

Chuck Taylor All Star High Tops

Rebecca Minkoff mini love

Rebecca Minkoff ‘Mini Love’ Crossbody Bag

2. Destroyed Denim

Inspiration:

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My pick:


Joe's Jeans destroyed

Middle school Megan is rejoicing – destroyed denim is back! I braved the cold in these ripped skinnys this winter and will of course be rocking them this season. These frayed ankles look perfect with booties:

Joe’s ‘Finn’ Ankle Skinny Jeans (Gretchen)

3. [Madewell] Flannels

Inspiration:

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My picks:


Madewell Flannels

Cozy & oversized – just the way they should be! Madewell’s flannels are perfection:

Red | Black & White

4. Passion Planner

Passion Planner

This agenda has completely changed the way I work, manage my time and think. With hour-by-hour run downs, a personal and work to do list for each week, and monthly reflections and goal planning, I don’t know how I’ve managed without this! I found myself with to-do lists and ideas building up in my mind and in random places in my iPhone. Being able to write everything down not only helps me to literally visualize my week, goals and plans, but it reminds me why I started and where I’m planning on going. PERFECT for recent grads!

What is it?:

For more info & to order visit their website!

5. Poshmark

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Poshmark

Whether you’re getting your wardrobe ready for a new season, cleaning out your closet or just looking for some extra cash or discount designer goods – Poshmark is here to help! I have been obsessed with this app after it was recommended to me by a friend. After buying pricey items I only wore a handful of times I was able to sell them quickly and efficiently for cash!

I highly recommend it for bloggers and fashionistas alike.

Learn more here & follow my closet!


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Xo Megan

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Got Chucks On With…

I believe that weekends should be spent in only clothes that you love. Today I kept it simple and cozy while exploring local antique & vintage stores. Enjoy – and stay tuned! This ol’ blog is getting a facelift very soon.

Xo Megan
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Outpost - Keeping it Real in High Heels

GET THE LOOK:

jacket (similar) | denim | shoes | sweater | necklace | ring | bag

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Style Vibes: Johnny Cash

It might be because I’m itchin’ for a Nashville trip ASAP…but I’m having a serious Cash moment. No one rocked a suit better in the 60’s than this man:

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5 Things: Fall edition

Here are five things I’ve been loving this Fall:

1.) Styling tip: Chunky sweaters & simple jewelry

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2.) Mini bags

I’m planning on going for more classic than statement making. Help me pick? My favs:

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Tory Burch: Mini Robinson

2.) Ann Taylor leggings (shocker)

Ann Taylor Leggings, Fall Favorites

Built to last, these are by far the highest quality leggings I’ve ever invested in. My favorites are the classic stretch legging, full faux leather legging and the half faux leather ponte legging. Bonus* They’re available in tall and petite!

4.) Vampy lip stains

Sophisticated, sexy and budget-friendly! I’ll definitely be rocking this look through the winter months.

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On my lips: Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in Parisian Passion

5.) New country music: Follow me on Spotify and hear what I’ve been listening to all season long!


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Xo Megan

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My CMA’s Best Dressed Picks

One of my favorite nights of the year came and went. All anyone could seem to talk about was (yawn) Carrie Underwood’s baby bump, but here are the looks that caught my eye:

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Connie Britton in Naeem Khan

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Nicole Kidman in Roberto Cavalli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Miranda Lambert in Bibhu Mohapatra

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Ashley Monroe in vintage Naeem Khan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

& lets hear it for the boys:

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Thomas Rhett (Those shoes though)

Kip Moore CMAS

Kip Moore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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6 Fall Wardrobe Essentials

Fall Uniform, Military Jacket

I tend to be more of a uniform dresser, I like to keep it simple and try to purchase items I know I’ll wear and love until their bitter end. Picking out staples for each season can be tricky. You have to decide what is worth the investment and what you know you love, but will probably toss down the road. Here are my signature Fall essentials that get me through the season, the new fall basics that I think every girl should have in their wardrobe:

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1. Military Jackets 2. Fringe Booties 3. Black Ponte Leggings

4. Classic Leather Bag 5. Striped Tops & Sweaters 6. Minimalist, Everyday Jewelry

Simple fall outfit

Fall Fashion, Leggings, sweatshirt and military jacket

What I’m Wearing:

Necklace & Earrings | Booties | Leggings |Top | Jacket (Similar) | Bag


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Xo Megan

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