Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Pinteresting Finds.

I am totally loving this weeks installment of Pinteresting Finds. If you haven't joined in the obsession that is Pintrest, click the "P" on the upper right hand side of this page and check it out. I am warning you in advance that you won't be able to stop pinning. Here's what I'm obsessed with this week.

I don't know what I would do if these were in my closet. I'd probably die! Board: Fashion I Love

I love this idea for a future special occasion. (haha) Board: Fairytale Finds

Love this clutch and the color blocking. Board: Fashion Snapshots

Love her, her abs and the fact that she is doing yoga! Board: Sporty Love

One of things I need to make ASAP! Peanut Butter & Banana Filled French Toast. Board: Foodie Fun

Love this look, need those duck boots. Board: Fashion Snapshots

Must visit when I am back in Manhattan, the apartment from Breakfast at Tiffany's. Board: Stuff I Love, Love, Love

Great Quote by Conan O'Brien. Board: Quotes I Dig

Love this idea for all my fashion books. Board: Stuff I Love, Love, Love

Absolutely love this look, perfect for a winter's day. Board: Fashion Snapshots

The next apartment or house I move into will have this, a leather club chair! Board: Stuff I Love, Love, Love

Last night Kyle and I were drooling over pictures of the Maldives, must visit! Board: Desired Destinations

Monday, January 30, 2012

Faith over fear.

Happy Monday Lovers, I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. The sun was actually out in Limoges this weekend, which made me one happy girl. Kyle and I took advantage of the nice weather, getting out of the apartment and heading downtown. This was an exciting trip downtown because we took Wooden along with us, so far we've only taken him to the local park and for walks around the block but we felt it was time for him to get used to city life. He loved walking through the city streets, getting the attention of every passerby, I have to say, he is quite the looker. He had fun chasing a slew of pigeons, which was also very entertaining. I can't wait until we are back in the States where Kyle and I can take Wooden into Manhattan, and show him the lifestyle we both love so much.

I'm really looking forward to the weeks ahead, Kyle and his team aren't on the road for awhile, so it will be nice to have him home, we are also having visitors! Kyle's parents get here on Saturday, it's going to be a nice change of pace having family around. Kyle and I are also trying to figure out what to do for Valentine's Day, he has a few days off so that means,time for some traveling! I'm pretty sure we will head up to Paris, it is the city of love you know. (I'm so corny, I'm sorry.) So we have a lot going on, but that's a great feeling, sometimes the days can drag here because we have a lot of down time, so I'm more than happy to be busy.

Today's quote is actually one I need to read on a daily basis. I, Meggie am of constant worrier, I stress a little more than most and it's something I need to change. Yesterday on our daily after dinner walk Kyle said to me, "For a yoga instructor, someone who calms everyone else down, you really do worry a lot." I had to laugh but the more I thought about it, I realized he was indeed right. For someone who practices and teaches yoga, I do worry quite a bit. How do I change this?

When I came across this quote on Pinterest, I said to myself, "you need to tattoo this on your hand so you can carry it with you always." Instead of getting a tattoo because I think the six I have are enough, I thought I'd share this quote on here and I can come back and read it whenever I feel myself slipping into worry mode. It's from an Unknown Author and I think we all can use this quote every now and then. We need to believe in ourselves and in our own personal journey, wasting time worrying isn't going to get us ahead in life. So worry less, believe in yourself and trust the process. 

Enjoy and Happy Birthday to my cousin Jamie, love and miss you girl!

Let your faith be bigger than your fear. 
-Unknown Author

Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday Favorites.

Here are some of the things that helped make this week a little better, a little sweeter and I also share with you some of the things I absolutely despised this week. Have a great weekend and remember, Make It Count!
I am currently craving some Hub51 food! Hub51 is in Chicago and as a foodie I can say, this has been some of the best food I have ever had the pleasure of eating. You can read more about Hub51 Here and Here

My attempt on the Spanglish sandwich, for the recipe check out my sister's amazing food blog, Before Dessert!!!

Notre Dame Men's Basketball beating #1 Ranked Syracuse (YUCK) at Home and then beating Seton Hall on the Road. Go IRISH!!!
I made some chocolate chip cookies and enjoyed them with delicious Baileys, sweet dessert.
Wooden kinda loves food.
Marisa Miller's Abs which has me doing my own ab experiment.
This has been the best coffee I've had in France from La Bibliotheque in Limoges, so yummy!

Here is one of the new tricks I taught Wooden, he's so smart or just really loves treats. 

Color for the week, O.P.I Thanks a Windmilliom (greenish/blue) with O.P.I for Sephora Wild About Shimmer.

My Thursday Throwback on Instagram, this was the first night Kyle and I met, April 2008. Such a great night and it's only gotten better. 

This can't be real!!! I can not wait to see what this is all about on Superbowl Sunday. Ferris Bueller holds a special place in my heart because of the constant reference I get from that movie. See picture below. 

If I've heard it once, I've heard it a thousand times and usually by random people in Starbucks, "Hey has anyone ever told you that you look like Sloan from Ferris Bueller's Day Off?" Now all I do is laugh, I think it's the Wayfarer sunglasses that do it or maybe I'm trapped in the 80's, who knows!

Things I despise at the moment. (It's actually only one thing.)

Fake Kyle! There is a weirdo on Facebook with a Kyle McAlarney Facebook page. Here he claims he's a fan but posts things as if he is Kyle, crazy! We've asked numerous times because we actually know who this little weirdo is if he could please remove the page but he has still failed to do so. We've also reported it to Facebook and we've had friends report it because he is technically preforming identity theft every time he posts something as if Kyle is saying it and yet Facebook still hasn't taken it down. Our next step would be to get the authorities involved which we would like to avoid but if that's what he have to do then so be it. 

So basically this is just really annoying! 
If any of you know how we can get it removed it would be much appreciated. Or you can help us out by visiting the Fake Kyle's page and report it. Here's the link Fake Kyle the Crazy

Oh and for the record, Kyle would never pick that picture for his profile. (haha) 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Every little thing is gonna be alright.

Happy Thursday Beauties, it seems like this week is flying by, which is a good thing I guess. I can't get over the dreary weather in Limoges, it's not brutally cold but it is always gloomy out and because of the gloominess it can be hard to stay motivated but I keep thinking, "make it count, make it count", which helps me to nip my gloomy laziness in the tush. So today I will get out there and go for a run, marathon training is progressing nicely and it is so important not to fall off track.

Tomorrow Kyle heads out for another two days on the road, the month of January, pardon my French, SUCKED! Every weekend he has been away, which is hard on the both of us. At least I have Wooden our golden retriever puppy to keep me company, he is able to go for longer walks now, so it's nice to get out of the apartment with him, he doesn't even realize what a lifesaver he is. The bright light at the end of this tunnel aka January is that Kyle's parents are coming out to visit us next week. It will be so nice to have family out here, people speaking English to us, and of course his mom's cooking. I am really looking forward to it and I know Kyle is too, I'll will be happy to put the month of January behind us and it's safe to say he is too.

I need everyone who is reading this to send some good vibes or prayers (whatever you are into) to my nephew Benjamin today. Ben is getting surgery and he's just shy of three years old, so this is a very nerve-racking day for my sister, brother-in-law and the rest of my family. Benjamin is a strong little boy and I know the surgery will go fine but some extra well wishes and prayers are always nice to have. I love you Ben, and sending you good vibes for a great surgery and speedy recovery.

Aunt Meggie and Kyle Love you Benjamin!

Today I leave you with a quote from the great, Bob Marley and his song, Three Little Birds. I love this melody and it's the message I am sending to my family today. I love you all so much, miss you terribly but know we will all be together soon enjoying the sun and sand in Long Beach Island, until then don't worry about a thing. 


Don't worry about a thing, cause every little thing is gonna be alright.
-Bob Marley, Three Little Birds

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Finding Success.

Hey Loves, happy Wednesday! It's a new day, so get out there and make it count. "Making it count", is my new mantra. I got this mantra from Nike Running as I watched my running idols prepare for the Olympic Marathon Trials the common phrase on the Nike website was, "Making it count!". When I think about those three little words all I see is motivation. You have the power to make every day a masterpiece, you have the power to make it count, the ball is in your court.

So with that being said today I plan on making it count, starting with working on my blog, then doing a nice yoga session to help me recover from a hard marathon training workout yesterday, hill repeats can be killer. When you do things to improve your being, you can't help but breathe a breath of fresh air.

Today I'm leaving you with a quote from John Wooden, a legendary basketball coach, the man my dog is named after and truly one of the wisest men to ever grace this earth. (In my opinion at least.) John Wooden was such a motivator who held such a positive outlook on life.John was all about becoming the best you that you can be, something Kyle and I try to do every single day, which can be challenging some days.

I can sit and read quote after quote from John Wooden. Kyle and I have numerous books on this man, and when we look at our pup Wooden, he's a constant reminder of who we desire to be, people who keep their individual standards high, respect for others even higher, judging less and loving more. We both talk about this constantly, our goals of finding that balance, finding that success as an individual, knowing that you are giving back and working hard. I challenge you to do the same, go out and be the best you, give a little more every day, that's where you will find success. What's stopping you?

Enjoy, Be You, Be Great!

Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.
John Wooden

P.S. This is one of my all time favorite quotes and yes I've used it before.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Pinteresting Finds.

Here's this week's Pinterest obsessions! Check them out and make sure to follow my pin boards by either clicking the "p" on the top right hand corner of this page or look me up on Pinterest (meggiem)

Happy Pinning!

Absolutely love this look but I promised myself that once I turn 26 I would stop wearing anything quite short but I might have to lift my rule for a skirt like this. Board: Fashion Snapshots

Whenever Kyle and I buy a house it has to have an amazing porch where we can enjoy our morning coffee. This one has everything I love, wood, white and stone. Board: Home Design

Such a simple project that I would love to do with some of my Instagram pictures.
Board: Sweet Stuff and Ideas for the Home

The amazing sandwich from the movie Spanglish, which I have all the ingredients  to make this week.
 Board: Foodie Fun

I love coffee table books, I own too many for my coffee table, here's an alternative use for them.
Board: Stuff I Love, Love, Love

One of my Classic Fashion Icons, Christy Turlington and she is married to the sexy Ed Burns (yum)
Board: Classic Black and Whites

This quote warmed my heart. Board: Quotes I Dig

A perfect celebration cake. Board: Foodie Fun 

Would love to have our own bar in our apartment. Board: Sweet Stuff and Ideas for the Home

This Crossfit Chick in Motivation to be a badass. Board: Sporty Love

Kate Middleton got a puppy for her Birthday, now we can be friends. Board: Catherine Duchess of Cambridge

Monday, January 23, 2012

Your'e never going to know all the answers.

Hey there Loves, Happy Monday! I hope your weekend was a great one, I know it was for my fellow New Yorkers as our beloved New York Football Giants will be making their way to the Superbowl, how very exciting! Because of the time difference Kyle and I couldn't watch the game, so it was a really nice surprise when we woke up to see that the Giants were victorious, it's the little things like a football team winning a game that can make you feel closer to home and proud to be (for us at least) New Yorkers. 

Photo compliments of my cousin, Sammy Long.

Today is a special day in my life, it's my brother Brendan's birthday. Now if you grew up with Brendan and I you would know one thing, we used to fight like cats and dogs on a daily routine, my poor sister and parents (haha). I felt like he thought I was always his 12 year old little sister and he thought I was always his 12 year old little sister, you could now understand the battle. We annoyed each other, picked on each other and were just plain mean to each other at times, oh sibling love! However, over this past year, my relationship with my brother drastically changed. I think it began when we started commuting into Manhattan together, everyday we learned a little more about each other and who we really were, for example he knew I needed to be off the first one off the ferry in the morning and I knew that pissed him off (haha). 

We both experienced big things over the last year as well, we both moved. He moved across the country to Portland, Oregon and then back to New York, while I moved to Greece, then moved out of my parents house in New York and then to France. I think over that time, our respect for each other grew tremendously. This past summer when we both moved back to New York and found ourselves commuting into Manhattan together again it was very comforting, a routine I believe we both missed, which as I sit here in France I can say I miss terribly and look forward to doing it again in the future. 

I am extremely proud of the man my brother has become, in this last year alone he got a huge position at a company, which was the reason he moved back to New York and he also became a father, an amazing one at that. I can't tell you how many people after seeing Brendan with his son say to me, "He's a great dad, I hope I can be that way when I have kids." That's something he should be extremely proud of, I know I am. 

Maybe it took me 26 years to realize how great a guy my brother is and maybe it took him 32 years to realize that I may be his kid sister but I'm not a baby anymore. No matter how long it took, I'm happy we are at the place we are today, sharing commutes, Sunday Brunches and random weeknight dinners. I'm also so lucky that he chose an amazing woman to be his wife, who I look to as another big sister and feel so lucky and blessed to have in my life. So happy birthday Brendo, have an amazing day and Starbucks is on me when I get home. Love you!

Me, My brother Brendan and My Sister Becky this past Summer in Long Beach Island.

As of late, the manfriend and I have been talking a lot about the future and our plans. This can get a bit challenging because just like myself, my guy has many interests, so when it comes to deciding what to really focus on, it can get a little hazy. We know the life we are living now isn't going to last forever, so it is important that we have a "plan". Part of me believes in plans, while the pessimist inside says, "No matter how many plans you make, you really can't predict the future and what is to come." I do know one thing is for sure, the day our feet are settled on American soil will be a day I will treasure forever. 

Now let me be clear when I say, I do not hate Europe, Kyle and I have had the chance to experience and are still experiencing so many amazing things, to be able to see the world has always been a dream of mine and we are getting the chance to do that. However, at the end of the day Europe isn't home. For two people who are complete homebodies, I have to say I am so proud of us and what we are doing. I know Kyle wants a life in the States as well, so it is a constant conversation we have. Where do you want to settle down, what are our options, what would make you most happy. 

That's where today's quote comes in, I'm telling you there really is a quote for everything you are going through in life. I found this quote while reading Bethenny Frankel's, A Place of Yes, which is an absolute must read. This quote is about life and how it can be a complete mystery but that can't stop you from living it. You are never going to fully know the outcome but you can't be afraid to get in there and try. What's the worst that can happen, you fail, maybe or you might find exactly where you belong. I know Kyle and I have to stop worrying as much as we do about the future and trust our guts and mainly our hearts which have led us on one amazing journey thus far. We need to realize that we are in this together, which makes the scariness fade away knowing that we are never going into something alone. Life can get bumpy but you just have to trust the process. 

Enjoy and have a great Monday!

Life is a mystery sometimes, and not knowing all the answers is exactly why you can stumble right into the life that's meant for you in a way you could never have planned out in a million years.
-Bethenny Frankel, A Place of Yes

Friday, January 20, 2012

Friday Favorites.

I'm wishing you all an amazing weekend full of fun. Enjoy this week's installment of "Friday Favorites"!

It's no Starbucks, but this cappuccino from a local Limoges Cafe' will do for now.  I love how they toast some chocolate on top. 

This is so accurate for all my fellow New Yorkers. My favorite line, "Where's the train? Where's the train?" Which is a line I use every time I'm in the subway, my brother would concur. 

The three things from the United States that I've daydreamed about all week.  1.Skinnygirl Margarita/Sangria 2. Long Beach Island and 3.A Triple Grande Skim Extra Caramel Caramel Macchiato made by Gus the Barista.

Since living overseas I've mastered the art of doing my own nails and have become quite obsessed with polish.  Hey, it saves me some money. 

UrbanOutfitters "Cocktail" along with O.P.I "Only Gold For Me"

O.P.I "I Have a Herring Problem" (dark blue) along with O.P.I "I Want To Be A-Lone" (light blue)

Wooden and his chubby face, my heart melts every time I see this picture.

William Beckett and my sister Becky at Will's Baptism, how cute is this baby!

Some French Toast I whipped up with some French Bread we had, keyword "French". It was yummy.
I know I shouldn't but this is such a guilty pleasure. Mob Wives, I love hearing their Staten Island accents! So classy, haha! She's not featured in this picture but Big Ang is my absolute favorite. 

Must always walk Wooden in style, since he is such a looker already.  

Loving the flowers that Kyle and I sent my mom for her birthday, the florist did a beautiful job. 

I was feeling homesick yesterday and this face cheered me right up!
Most of these photos were taken with my iPhone4, with the exception of a few that were taken with my NikonD3000, you can follow my adventures through pictures via Instagram by clicking the camera link on the top right hand side of the page or doing so through you Instagram app. 

Avoir un grand weekend!
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