Beauty Products Perfect for Earth Day

Don’t laugh — but, one of my hobbies is researching ingredients in skincare products. Sure it’s tedious, but my skin is SO problematic that in order to maintain it, I have to know EXACTLY what’s going on my face. Natural ingredients that are rich in fatty acids and anti-oxidents have proven best (and this translates to haircare, too!). Today, in honor of Earth Day, I curated a collection of some of my newly discovered products and others I’ve been using for awhile. Then, I shared what I’ve learned about their healthy properties on KWGN-TV’s “Colorado’s Best” with hosts Joana and Paula.

Click the photo to watch the segment! Below it, find a list of the items included and where to buy.

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Products, prices and where to find what I mentioned in the above Earth Day TV segment:

o   CosMedix Purity Solution Deep Cleansing Oil: Cosmedix, $48
o   Dickinson’s Daily Cleansing Cloths, Walgreens, $6.99
o   One Love Organics Discover Morning Glory Brightening Complexion Booster, ShopZoeLife.com, $29
o   Sanitas Vita-Rich Serum: Matthew Morris Salon & Skincare, $48
o   Weleda Face/Day Creams, Find Weleda at Whole Foods, $20 – $30
o   Plant “Get Happy” Bodywash: ShopZoeLife.com, $20
o   LUSH New Charity Pot Body Lotion, LUSH, 25.95
o   Karma Komba Shampoo Bar, LUSH, $11.95
o   Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree Lavender Mint Shampoo and Conditioner: PaulMitchell.com for salon & schools locations, $13.75 (Shampoo) – $15.50 (Conditioner)

 

Check out MORE of my Mother Earth approved product picks AND some of my DIY skincare ideas, here. And, come back soon for more thoughtfully curated product reviews!!

 

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What I’m Wearing:

{TOP} Emerald *green* ;) cropped knit with sewn-in jewels: H&M

{PANTS} High-waisted, extra-wide jeans: VOGUE Magazine sample sale (while working at Conde!)

{SHOES} Faux snake-skin platforms: DSW

{I get my hair done at Matthew Morris Salon in Denver, CO and at Studio B, a salon and beauty boutique in Cranston, RI}

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Interview: Tim Gunn for Goodwill Denver

“Project Runway” star, Tim Gunn was in Denver, recently to emcee an incredible event that benefits Goodwill Denver. I was lucky enough to catch up with him — and let’s just say, he hasn’t changed a bit* ;)

 

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The RMCAD-sponsored event included a fashion show in which up-and-coming designers utilized Goodwill Denver finds to create an outfit and Matthew Morris Salon styled the models hair, beautifully! Others who were closely involved in the event included Denver-based designers Stephanie Ohnmocht and Mondo Guerra.

WATCH: Meaghan Interviews Tim Gunn and Others at Goodwill Denver Fashion Show at Denver's Union Station

WATCH: Meaghan Live Reporting from Denver’s Union Station at Goodwill Denver’s Fundraiser Fashion Show

*I first met Tim in 2007 in New York City. I was in line to buy lunch at a popular spot for people who work in Times Square and he happened to be right behind me (We actually worked in the same building at the time)! The conversation was brief — but wonderful and memorable! What’s more is that he was genuinely kind and not a bit bothered by my talking to him.

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Of course I brought this up when I had the opportunity to interview him (via sattlelite) in 2013, when I co-hosted The Rhode Show. Once again, he was friendly and warmhearted.

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Related Posts and Interviews:

WATCH: Meaghan Interviews Tim Gunn and Others at Goodwill Denver Fashion Show at Denver's Union Station

WATCH: Chris Parente Highlights Event on Channel 2’s Daybreak, morning news show and then again on Everyday.

 

Check out Meaghan's blog post on finding Award Show fashion-inspired looks at Goodwill Industries

Check out Meaghan’s blog post on finding Award Show fashion-inspired looks at Goodwill Industries

 

WATCH: Meaghan's Interview, Co-hosting the "Everyday" Show >>>http://kdvr.com/2014/08/15/college-dorm-room-supplies-from-goodwill/

WATCH: Meaghan’s Interview, Co-hosting the “Everyday” Show >>>http://kdvr.com/2014/08/15/college-dorm-room-supplies-from-goodwill/

 

What I’m Wearing at the Fashion Show:

{DRESS} Goodwill Denver!

{NECKLACE} Purple stone on a gold chain: Denver Street Boutique (a fashion truck!)*

{JACKET} Rachel Roy from Macy’s

{TIGHTS} Express

{SHOES} Zara

*{Click here to check out a recent segment I did on the Denver Street Boutique!}

{I get my hair done at Matthew Morris Salon in Denver, CO and at Studio B, a salon and beauty boutique in Cranston, RI}

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Oscars Red Carpet Hits, Misses — and Misters

A little drizzle didn’t stop Hollywood’s biggest stars from getting all dolled up for the red carpet at the 87th Academy Awards. The fact is, we all know FASHION plays such a big ROLE at the Oscars and as usual, there were lots of hits and misses for the ladies, but many guys got props, too. I’m sharing my top picks Monday morn on “Colorado’s Best” (9am MT/Channel 2) and on the “Everyday” Show (10am MT/FOX 31 & KDVR.com). WATCH BELOW!

CLICK PHOTO BELOW TO WATCH! And if you WANT MORE, check out my 2015 Golden Globes fashion recap, here. Plus, SCROLL DOWN to see how YOU can work the trends from this year’s award season into YOUR wardrobe… for A LOT LESS!!!

LIVE CLIP: Meaghan joins co-hosts Chris Parente and Kathie J to dish on last night's Oscar Red Carpet

LIVE CLIP: Meaghan joins co-hosts Chris Parente and Kathie J to dish on last night’s Oscar Red Carpet


OK, let’s talk trends from this year’s award season and how you can get a similar look for A LOT LESS!! Where to start your shopping spree? One of my faves — Goodwill Industries! Just LOOK at what I found today in the dress aisle, only at a Denver location — all based on some of the red carpet trends we’ve seen over the past couple months.

TREND: Beige and Black Sheer

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GOODWILL FIND FOR: $12.99 (Coldwater Creek)– Fully lined with a sheer overlay

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TREND: Blue/Greys, Lavenders

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GOODWILL FIND FOR: $5.99 — Wear it as is or throw a blazer on to make it work appropriate

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TREND: Red

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GOODWILL FIND FOR: $24.99 — Pair it with strappy shoes and wear it out dancing

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TREND: Jumpsuits, Pantsuits, Skirt-suits

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GOODWILL FIND FOR: $5.99 (BCBG)– Wear it open like a vest, over skinny pants and a top

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TREND: Interesting Prints and Textures

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GOODWILL FIND FOR: $5.99 — Belt it and wear with black leggings (and a solid color, non-silk scarf)

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RELATED POSTS: Why I love Goodwill Industries and my 2014 Golden Globes Red Carpet recap


What I’m Wearing:

{DRESS} Green, crew-neck, textured, almost prairie-inspired: H&M

{NECKLACE} Anthropologie

{BELT} Blue snakeskin print: Ann Taylor

{TIGHTS} Grey with black design: Macy’s

{SHOES} Two-toned pointy maryjanes: Target

{I get my hair done at Matthew Morris Salon in Denver, CO and at Studio B, a salon and beauty boutique in Cranston, RI}

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{I get my hair done at Matthew Morris Salon in Denver, CO and at Studio B, a salon and beauty boutique in Cranston, RI}

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Dating in Denver… on Live TV

{SCROLL DOWN TO WATCH VIDEOS — PART 1 & PART 2!}


This is me.


 And when I’m not a TV host or reporter, I spend a lot of free time doing career-related things.

I love what I do and there’s not much I can complain about in life, but I do feel like something’s ‘missing’ without someone special to share my life with.

Nonetheless, trying to find that perfect-for-me person, is just easier said than done these days! Which is why…


…. I’m giving “It’s Just Lunch” dating service a shot. And in hopes of inspiring others like myself to try something new like this, I GOT IT ALLLLL  ON-CAMERA! You’ve gotta watch this TWO-PART segment, below that originally aired on FOX 31 Denver’s live, local talk show, the “Everyday” Show.



{CLICK TO WATCH PART 1}

Meaghan Joins IJL Dating Service On-camera



{CLICK TO WATCH PART 2}

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What I’m Wearing: {PART 1}

{TOP} Blue three-quarter length: Ann Taylor

{SKIRT} Cheetah print, pencil/tube skirt: Macy’s

What I’m Wearing: {PART 2}

{TOP} Olive, long, sleeve blouse: Inspyre Boutique

{PANTS} Black, ripped skinny jeans: Inspyre Boutique

{COAT} Navy & grey ombre with vegan leather wrap/tie: Inspyre Boutique

{NECKLACE} Industrial inspired: Inspyre Boutique

{SHOES} Black leather Via Spiga: Nordstrom Rack

{BAG} Black leather Marc Jacobs: Bloomingdales

What I’m Wearing: {LIVE}

{DRESS} Red, v-neck, jersey knit: Anthropologie

{TIGHTS} Sheer black with polka-a-dots: GAP

{SHOES} Elizabeth & James designer black suede booties: TJ MAXX

{I get my hair done at Matthew Morris Salon in Denver, CO and at Studio B, a salon and beauty boutique in Cranston, RI}

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{I get my hair done at Matthew Morris Salon in Denver, CO and at Studio B, a salon and beauty boutique in Cranston, RI}

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Spread the Love with Stuff They Need

Valentine’s Day is this weekend! If you don’t know what to get that special someone, whether it’s your romantic partner, best friend or kiddo, I’ve got some ideas that I’m sharing this morning with “Colorado’s Best” and “Everyday” Show viewers! WATCH THE 2 LIVE SEGMENTS BELOW!!

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Watch my segment on KDVR FOX 31 Denver’s Colorado’s “Everyday” Show, here:

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paula joanaNow, I believe Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that give us a chance to show the people we care about, just how much they mean to us. I’m all about the flowers and chocolates, especially because I worked at both a local floral boutique and chocolate/candy store in college and high school, respectively. So, I know from experience how important it is to support small businesses like them. But, you can add to your Valentine’s Day gift this year, by surprising that special someone with stuff they may need (whatever that ‘need’ may be…).

What I’m Wearing:

{EARRINGS} Heart-shaped, multicolored: My grandma’s :)

{TOP} Blush pink three-quarter length: Macy’s

{BLAZER} Designed by a former RISD student (who I went to High School with!), then Urban Outfitters manufactured it… How cool, right!

{PANTS} Black jeggings by Love Premium Denim (watch the segments to learn more!!)

{SHOES} Brian Atwood nude pumps: Saks Fifth Ave

{I get my hair done at Matthew Morris Salon in Denver, CO and at Studio B, a salon and beauty boutique in Cranston, RI}

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My Red Carpet Review

The 2015 Golden Globe Awards ended just a couple of hours ago, but I’ve been geeking out on the red carpet fashion all night long! This morning, I joined the hosts of Channel 2’s “Colorado’s Best” to dish on my top picks! Click here or the photo below to watch the segment.

Meaghan Shares Her Top Picks For the Hits and the Misses on Last Night's Red Carpet at the Golden Globes!

Meaghan Shares Her Top Picks For the Hits & Misses on Last Night’s Red Carpet at the 2015 Golden Globe Awards!

 

Check out a handful of others I thought stood out, whether they were simply stylish or fashion flops!! Beginning with…

Dudes who wore it best…

 

Men who missed the mark…

 

Women who looked star-stunning…

 

The worst dressed women…

 

After last year’s Golden Globes, I posted ways in which you could translate those runway looks into an outfit of your own. Check it out here.

 

What I’m Wearing:

 

{SHOES} Multicolored stilettos: Nine West from Nordstrom Rack

{TOP} Navy with breast pocket: Inspyre Boutique*

{PANTS} Dark grey & white snake skin print, drawstring/high-waist, tapered at the ankles: Inspyre Boutique*

{NECKLACE} Green stone on a gold chain: Inspyre Boutique*

*{Click here to check out a recent segment I did on Inspyre Boutique!}

 

{I get my hair done at Matthew Morris Salon in Denver, CO and at Studio B, a salon and beauty boutique in Cranston, RI}

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DIY Crafts for Kids on NYE

Having fun on New Year’s Eve isn’t just for the adults. Ring in 2015 with the kids with some fun DIY craft ideas like the ones I shared today on “Colorado’s Best!” Tips are below, but first you can WATCH the live segment here or click the photo, below >>>

Click to Watch Live Segment!

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Make wearable décor like “2015” glasses & festive necklaces. For the glasses, glue a glittered “2015” sign to the top of an existing pair of specs or make your own out of cardboard. Grab a little string, cut a few straws and use some beads to make some bling.

 

Painting nails is the perfect party activity on New Year’s Eve. I love Sally Hansen’s line of Complete Salon Manicure Smooth and Strong Base Coat and this time of year, all those deep blues and purples or creamy white look chic! Then, take a nail pen or glittery polish to add some pizazz to your pretty nails!

 

Plus, what’s a New Year’s Eve without confetti!?! Whether you buy those cute little cupcakes at the store or cook them in the kitchen with the kids, be sure to get lots of stuff to decorate them with! Take it up a notch and let the kids cheers with real champagne flutes, but fill them with milk, instead!

 

Happy New Year’s Eve!

What I’m Wearing:

{DRESS} Navy with sparkle: Banana Republic

{BRACELET} Rachel Roy green beads and evil eye: Macy’s

{I get my hair done at Matthew Morris Salon in Denver, CO and at Studio B, a salon and beauty boutique in Cranston, RI}

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Give the Gift of Going Green this Holiday

Since I’m going to spend Christmas in Boulder this year, I’ve been learning about how Eco-friendly the St Julien Hotel and Spa is! Namely, because for the past four years, St Julien has hosted an annual sustainable gift wrapping contest for employees. The winners receive cash prizes, but all of the gifts wrapped in recycled items are displayed under the hotel’s Christmas tree throughout the holiday season. They hope this will help inspire others to do their part, as well.

 

They pulled items that could otherwise end up in the trash and gave them a new life by creating fun, recycled holiday wrap with them, instead. Since this DIY activity is right up my alley, I created some alternative gift wrap ideas, too and shared them with my “Everyday” Show co-hosts, Chris Parente and Kathie J. Watch, here! >> http://kdvr.com/2014/12/08/recycled-gift-wrapping-tips/

 

Hopefully this inspired you to trim your gift-giving “waste-line,” too. Below are some of my DIY tips:

1. Use most of what’s around your house already.

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2. Design with your recipients’ interests in mind (for example, music paper or a map if this person loves music or travel, respectively).

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3. Remember that simple and small details truly stand out (don’t shy away from accessories like buttons).

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4. Make the wrapping part of the gift (for example, a new dish towel).

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5. Make a weekend day or night out of it! Invite your girlfriends over to DIY recycled gift wrap, Drink wine and dance to Christmas music between gifts!

What I’m Wearing:

{JUMPSUIT} Blue/White leopard print, jersey jumpsuit: Target

{VEST} Grey suede: Banana Republic

{SHOES} Zara

{I get my hair done at Matthew Morris Salon in Denver, CO and at Studio B, a salon and beauty boutique in Cranston, RI}

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DIY Halloween Fun

Halloween’s one of my favorite days of the year because it seems like everyone, everywhere just wants to have some fun! From the apparel to the activities, find some great DIY ideas I shared with KWGN-TV and KDVR-TV viewers over the past few days:

VIDEO >>> Don’t have a costume? Don’t panic! I shared affordable DIY ideas on “Colorado’s Best” {CLICK PHOTO BELOW TO WATCH}

Orrrrr go as Joan Rivers (pronounced Riv-ah’s) like I did today! Even before I knew I wanted to have the career I do, Joan Rivers was one of my favorite TV Hosts. Plus, I’ve always been proud to share a June 8th b-day with her! I know she’d be very proud that I represented, today. Although, not so much that I did it DIY-style and used all my own hair, makeup, skin, clothes and jewelry. ;) And for other great Halloween costume ideas I’ve DIY’d over the years, click here.

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Joan wasn’t the only celeb on set today! That my co-hosts Kathie J (as Melissa McCarthy as Tamy) and Chris Parente (as Maclamore). PS you’re seeing just ONE of their costumes from this morn — You’ve got to check out Colorado’s “Everyday” Show’s facebook page for the rest!!

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VIDEO >>> I was there to share some of my favorite Halloween themed games with Kathie J. These are fun whether you’re hosting an adult party or having a house full of kids over. {CLICK BELOW TO WATCH}

VIDEO >>> Earlier that morning, I shared even more fun games on “Colorado’s Best” on KWGN-TV/Channel 2!  {CLICK BELOW TO WATCH}

Happy Halloween!! Hope everyone has a spooky and safe time! And if you’re looking for a scare — if you dare — head to an awesome haunted houses. Just look at how much fun I had going through the 13th Floor in Denver, recently :-O!!!! {CLICK BELOW TO WATCH}

Smart Style…In Your Kitchen!

Kitchen counters can always use pops of color. Am I right?! And who doesn’t love a smart, sleek and space-saving tool that doesn’t break the bank!?! OK, now that I’ve officially got your attention, check this out! >>>

I shared my top 9 items, all under $30, today on Colorado’s Best (Because, let’s be honest, you don’t have time to shop a bunch of retailers’ shelves to find what you want, need and everything else in between! Buuuuuuuut, if this is something you love to do, then I want to hear about your favorite, budget-friendly products (doesn’t have to be kitchen-related) and why… PLEASE!!!??!).

Hope you love my smart and stylish product picks just as much as hosts Joana Canals and Paula Haddock did! Just click here or photo above to watch the video

2 quick, last things — that’s Paula’s “excited face,” as she gets ready to “play” with the next kitchen gadget after the peeler! And don’t forget to tune in to Colorado’s Best TV Show that airs live weekday mornings at 9am MT on Colorado’s Own Channel 2/KWGN-TV.

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Check out more of my fashion/DIY related style tips in Ladies Home Journal Magazine’s June issue, here.

Something to Cheer about #NFL

IMG_2173First and foremost, here’s the background behind this post: I’m a recent transplant to Denver from New England. I work in media. I’m a sports fan. Furthermore, this is me simply sharing (with anyone interested in reading!) the reasons I’m excited to cheer on multiple teams this NFL season…

I’m Rhode Island born and bred, so I grew up rooting for New England teams. Football has always been a favorite in our home. So, Sundays during football season, guess what’s on? You guessed it! Patriots. My parents are truly big fans. Me? We’ll get there in a sec.

IMG_8430My folks, well they stay current on the coaches, players stats, etc. And when it’s game time, I know exactly where they are and what they’re doing. They’re home watching (and screaming!). Their energy is infectious!

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In Rhode Island, I spend Sundays rooting for the Pats because I truly enjoy watching football and the experience is magnified when there’s a local tie-in….the snacks and crunks are a no brainer! …. but the best part is having a similar interest in something that allows me to spend quality time with my friends and family!

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Oh right — in addition to all of that —  I enjoy checking out the man candy (saaarry!). And I don’t care what jersey they’re wearing! Honestly! I mean, I’d actually prefer they don’t wear any, but I digress…..And while its been tough having Tom Brady as man candy to look at weekly (I can’t even type that with a straight face!!), if he switched teams, I’d still root for the Pats; Duh!

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That being said, when I lived in New York (for 7 years), I still stayed loyal to the Pats. But I also adopted a new team — the Jets. Look, if I couldn’t be with my family on Sundays, I still wanted to be among friends, as well as part of game-day rituals and the mainstream buzz happening locally. It was challenging, of course. Especially when the Pats played the Jets. So, during those games? I rooted for a great game! I learned this about myself — that I believe it’s OK for me to consider more than one team, “my team.” That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

Now, when the Pats v Jets games were Brady v former Jets’ QB, Mark Sanchez, well that was reason enough to distract me from any challenge, football related or not for that matter!!  “Bartender, I’m gonna need a glass of water with this beer!” — said me during every Brady v Sanchez game.

 newspaperAnother move later, my loyalty to New England is still strong. At the same time, I’m a Denverite, now. So, yes of course I’ve adopted the Broncos as my new, local team! So, while I never said I’ve become less of a Patriots fan, I did say that I believe it’s OK for me to consider more than one team, “my team.”

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I’m excited to join fellow Coloradians this season and cheer on the Denver Broncos!! After all, Colorado is my home state, right now. And when they play the Patriots, well, I’ve already been down that road before.

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Moreover, the reason I’m in Denver is to further my career, follow my dreams… And so, I not only picked up and moved to a new city (again), but I did so without close friends/family. Let me tell you, it’s a whole other ballgame… Sundays, especially. (I miss my mom!!).

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So, can you blame me for looking forward to some friends, fun, food and football???  Plus, QB Peyton Manning is not only one of the best players in the NFL, he’s also an exceptional role model and team leader I’m super proud to support!

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Now, while it would have been nice to catch a helmet-less Eric Decker on the regular…. I guess I can still get a glimpse of him on another one of “my teams.” (wah wah…)

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Thanks for your interest in my football fandom story, guys, girls and football fans everywhere! And if you want even MORE football-related content from me, check out my little cousin, Jace Pena’s “sophomore” football reel >>>  http://youtu.be/j_5QKjM4_Qg

He put this together himself!! (When it comes to the reel deal — get it — he’ll need professional help, so if you have any suggestions….). Oh and not only is he the starting QB, he’s also Pres of his class (at a highly ranked private school, no less!) and an all around awesome kid!!

DIY Grip Socks for Barre,Yoga,Pilates

photo 5(1)I’ll admit, grip-sole socks do make your barre workouts better, but my former barre-virgin self had quite the sticky socks-sticker shock at first glance!!

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I was like, Pshhhh Yea right I’ll spend that much on.. socks! Even during that first barre class, my socks were probably the last thing on my mind…  Trust me, I wasn’t cursing my grip-less socks when my legs were begging me for a fire hose. My focus was on getting through those challenging moves, yo! —

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 At least that was the case until I took more classes and became less of a novice — Well, let’s not go crazy. I’m still that girl in class, making that ‘what are we supposed to be doing?’ face! — Nevertheless, everything they say about these miracle socks (unfort incl their price tags) is true when it comes to improving your workout and feeling more confident doing it. At least that’s my stance, now.

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So, while I own some now — and for the record, I didn’t pay full price! — part of me does feel like I gave in…. Hi, I’m Meaghan and I’m a sticky socks owner…. And as my gf Ryan pointed out, it’s kinda taboo to wear one studio’s branded socks at another studio’s class (fyi she knows this scenario first hand — she was just saying, “just sayin'”), but with so many new barre, yoga, pilates studios (oh my!) popping up recently, that’s bound to happen. Particularly, when you’ve got a NYC Class Pass like her or travel a bunch like me and therefore, regularly try different studios.*

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So, here’s a DIY idea! That not only allowed me to save money (to book another class), but also helped me get my creative-on (vs my wine/chocolate-on), while watching an episode of this season’s #RHONJ — which by the way has been pretttttty awesome; Am I right?!? I digress… OK, here are the steps:


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Step 1: Buy ankle socks (solid color or printed). I went to Macy’s ’cause it was closer than a TJ Maxx.


 

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Step 2: Once you know your “palette” color, Get to a craft store and pick up some puffy paint.


 

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Step 3: Use cardboard to stretch out the socks like it would hug your foot.


 

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 Step 4: Start designing! Dots, zigzags, whatever you want! I designed what I doodle while on the phone.


 

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Step 5: Let dry 24 hours to be safe. In the meantime book a class to wear these in!


Don’t feel like DIY’ing socks? Want those fashion-forward ones the girl next to you had? I get it. Ryan gets it. And fortunately now there’s more options than there were just a year ago.

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I really wanted a “mary-Jane” style sock (No! Not bc I live in Denver, now..). After much research and bargain hunting, I found these! I think they’re so stylish, love the color and while the packaging says they’re from lucy, the socks themselves don’t! Plus, they were HALF-OFF!! Yeah baby! Definitely gave me some pep in my (sticky) step at the first class I wore ’em to!!

 

*In case you were curious, so far my all-around faves have been Physique 57 & Pop Physique for reasons that incl their workouts alone, instructors/music and studio itself.

 

Check out more of my DIY Style Tips in the June issue of Ladies Home Journal Magazine, here. And follow me on Twitter, @MeaghanMooney1.

Ice Cream, from Rhode Island to the Rodeo!

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If you haven’t celebrated National Ice Cream Month, yet — first off that’s just cray — second, there’s no better day than today to order a cone [or 2 or 3…Hey, technically we’re supposed to eat 3 meals a day, right?], because today’s National Ice Cream Day!! [Yummmmmm!]

As you may recall from a previous post, I just moved to Denver last month. Even so, I’m not proud of how few ice cream and fro-yo places I’ve hit up in my short time here. Here’s what I have done:

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Little Man’s Ice Cream (salted Oreo is SO bangin!!! But honestly, so was their oatmeal choc chip, cupcake, caramel something or another…OK, maybe I’ve been HERE at least 3 times!!!). This place is the cutest! And its location in the Highlands neighborhood of Denver is a perfect spot to go with the family after dinner, mid-shopping with friends or alone when you get a craving for sweets and sitting outside on a beautiful day.

The Daily Scoop serves up homemade custard [that in my mind tastes just like ice cream] in 2 everyday flavors, choc and van, as well as a 3rd daily flavor. The day I went, they had van choc chip as their ‘daily scoop’ and although I wished I’d come on a day when the 3rd option was a little more… umm… exciting… Not only was it delish, I didn’t need a topping (I’m big on textures [creamy AND crunchy…]! Buuuut maybe I still topped it with hot caramel sauce too… [Saahrry, said me in a Kristin Wiig’s Gilly voice].

Places that are on my radar to get to ASAP! Sweet Action [yup, same guys as the beer have an ice cream parlor!], Liks Ice Cream and now a Boulder-based place called Sweet Cow that’s now scooping up cones at the Cherry Creek Farmer’s Market.

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Today, I’m heading about 2 hours north of Denver and just over the CO border to Cheyenne, WY! It’s their annual Frontier Days, which is an outdoor rodeo and western celebration in Cheyenne. As an east coaster, I’m SO excited to experience this… and how appropriate that I’m going to the COWboy state ;). Can’t wait to get my hands on some ice cream while I’m up there on National Ice Cream Day! Heck ya’ll, maybe I’ll be orderin’ a scoop from an ol’ ice cream wagon… I dunno! But, you betcha, I’ll report back, ya here!!

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Last year, during the entire month of July, I went on an ice cream road-trip!!  I filmed myself at, oh I don’t know, over 10 shops all over Rhode Island and produced a story for The Rhode Show each week during that month. I called it “Meg Moo’s Ice Cream Rhode Trip” ;) Check them out here:

Ice Cream Shops in the Providence area:

Ice Cream Shops in and around the Newport area:

Ice Cream Shops near some of Rhode Island’s Best Beaches:

Ice Cream Shops in the Middle of the State of Rhode Island:

 

Thirty Times Three.

 

What’s in a title, anyway? Like take the title of this post, “Thirty Times Three” — what does thirty times three, mean? (hmm, 3 X 3 is 9, then just add the z—) Nope, not 90. Well… technically… I guess yeah, it is — but just not here. I wanted this title to imply that I’ll talk about three different references to the number thirty (“so talk about it already!” said you reading this), and I will, right now — Sometimes a title is, well, just that — a title. And what you make of it is what counts most! At least, that’s something I’ve truly embraced over the past thirty days (There it is! My first mention of thirty!). Thirty days ago, I moved to Denver (from my home state of RI) and began working as the freelance, fill-in TV Host at the local stations, KDVR (FOX31) and KWGN (Channel 2). Sure, by some comparisons, a full-time TV Host position sounds ideal (ie health benefits, consistent schedule aaaaand that formal title!) But, this opportunity has been NO less significant —
 

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This a big market jump for me (Denver ranks as one of the nation’s top 20 media markets!!) and I’ve already learned lots working with seasoned professionals and talents at the stations. Plus, the variety of roles and unique projects that have come my way in just a month’s time, have totally surpassed what and how much I anticipated doing! So, take it from me — if you have an opportunity to do work that you love, are hungry to learn and grow and are willing to take thoughtful risks (ie job/money security and moving away from family/friends), I strongly urge you to take it! Particularly, if you can relate to this —

 

 

I just celebrated the big 3-0 on June 8th!  But — the word ‘celebrate’ wasn’t always my word of choice when I’d think about this big day. Why not? Well, for starters, pretty much all of my friends and friends of friends (around my age) are one or more of the following: in a serious relationship, married, pregnant, have a kid, have a dog, own a home, own a car…. you get the idea. I (still) can’t check-off… ANY of those milestones. So, sometimes I’d find myself focusing on all the titles, I’m not… like, I’m not a “fiance,” “homeowner” or a “mom to a dog.” The list goes on and it was easy keep it going. Probably because they say it’s normal to compare yourself to others — but that made turning thirty worse. So, anytime those negative feelings crept up, I’d talk with my good friends about how I was feeling, read inspiring stories about others in a similar boat and focused on the “freedom” I had to get up and move across the country, in a quest to follow my dreams… And it only got easier from there —

 

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After moving to a vibrant city, working in a positive environment and meeting new, like-minded people, it became easy to accept where *I* am in life… I want and need to be completely focused on me right now. What’s the point of simply having the “fiance,” “homeowner” or “mom to a dog” title just to have it? Better to focus on the present and the rest will come (hear that, Universe? ;)) And finally, my third point about thirty —



Something I’ve had to work at, both mentally and physically, has been dedicating at least thirty minutes a day to doing some sort of physical activity. I’m not an exercise guru, nor do I want that title. Sure, those awesome classes that make working out fun are great, but I just don’t have the means to shell out that kind of money. And working in an industry where it’s pretty common to move around a lot, I definitely don’t want to deal with the hassles of breaking a gym membership (again…).  So, I’ve found creative ways to stretch my dollar — AND ways to keep my wallet closed all together! (I’ll dish on that at a later date!!). But whatever it is I’m doing to get my ‘workout on’ — after thirty minutes in — I feel a sense of calm come over me.  Because I know it’s helping me stay in shape, be healthy — and since, hey, looks matter in my industry, it’s only helping me land any title with “TV” in it!!

My Travels Thru The Midlands

There are four official regions in the US and until a couple days ago, I’d spent time in just three of them. I never realized that before. I’ve been fortunate to travel around the US, whether for vacation, a wedding or work and visit various cities in a bunch of states — but apparently never in the Midwest! While on this road trip cross country with my mom, we’ve driven *through* most of this region. But — it’s been a great way to see some awesome US landscapes, bridges and bodies of water!  Plus, I loved getting to see the skylines of cool cities like Cincinnati (OH) and Louisville (KY). It made me eager to get back there and check out the food scene, art and people *in* those cities… and I’ll remember the first time I was “there” was with my mom :).

 

 

We did get a chance to see some of Dayton (OH) because I wanted to make a visit; I’ll be able to share more at a later date.

Also, my mom wanted to see the Grand Arch in St. Louis (MO), so we did that (I took a 10 sec video, here)…

 

…and had a blast exploring more of what that city has to offer!! Particularly, having our 1st sit-down meal (We’ve been living on Trader Joe’s snacks and hotel fruit for four days; No complaints here, but you know it’s telling when you’re *craving* the rest of the food pyramid.). We heard the ‘St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake’ was not to miss at the Ritz, soooo we headed there for a delish, healthy lunch… followed by THAT!

 

 

In both Dayton and St. Louis, everyone was super friendly and engaging, even fellow visitors we had the pleasure of meeting. It’s always fun to meet new people, especially when we’re far from home. Aaaand speaking of that place that’s unlike any other place,

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we passed Kansas City (MO) not that long ago enroute to our next overnight stay in Topeka (KA)! And this leg of the trip was quite the experience :-/  — from stopping for gas at the same place you could buy enough fireworks for the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks on the Hudson…

 

… to nearly pulling over when a flash flood suddenly started AND OVERLAPPED with blinding sunlight!!

Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!! BTW, What’s your fave Midwest city and why???

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{HAIR} I get my hair done at Studio B, a salon and beauty boutique in Cranston, RI

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Meag on the Move

It’s hard to believe it was just a year and a half ago that I was packing my truck (and a Uhaul…) and moving from NYC (my home away from home/RI for the past 7 years)…

 

 

…to move to an apartment in Providence, after winning a year contract to co-host “The Rhode Show” weekday mornings on WPRI12.

 

Soon after my 1 year was up, my AMAZING family helped me pack my truck (and another Uhaul!), again and drove everything down to the other end of the state where I grew up.

And so, for the last few months, as I’ve pursued my on-camera career by networking like crazy, auditioning and contributing to different media outlets…. I’ve also traveled a bunch, taken on new workouts like never before and have had awesome QT with my folks, friends & family at special occasions, holidays and celebrations…

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NOW — I’m off to Denver, Colorado!! For new opportunities, including working as on-air talent for KDVR/FOX 31 Denver and KWGN/Colorado’s Own. I visited them recently and I cannot wait to get to work with everyone there! Denver’s an incredible market, so I’m very excited to gain incredible experience!!

And so the road trip begins; From Rhode Island all the way to Denver with some stops in between. But, this time, with just my truck… no Uhaul… :-0 !!!  But, I packed it so well, I feel like I could be a professional tetras player, if there ever was one!

Plus, my mom wanted to come with me!!  How cool is that!?!  She’s been making hotel plans for us (score!) and made, oh just a few trips to the library… hmm I wonder if she’s just as excited… ;)

 

First overnight stop is Jersey, then Ohio. I’ve already started posting on social media — AND collecting hotel toiletries for RI nonprofit, Amenity Aid . So, please keep coming back to the blog and follow me on social media. But first, tell me, where have you road tripped???

 

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What I’m Wearing:

{TOP} Black Top: Ann Taylor

{NECKLACE} Black and White: Macy’s

{GLASSES} Green Armani w/ Prescription from an Optometrist in Brooklyn

{HAIR} I get my hair done at Studio B, a salon and beauty boutique in Cranston, RI

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My DIY Style Tips in Ladies’ Home Journal Mag!

Memorial Day Weekend, the official unofficial start to summer, is just around the corner. This is also a great time to start long-awaited DIY fashion projects and nothing says summer — and American ;) — like a pair of cool, worn-in denim cut-offs! This is easy and fun to do, and I show you how to DIY your own in the current issue of Ladies’ Home Journal Magazine!!!

Meaghan Mooney, Style Expert in LHJ Magazine June 2014

From DIY fashion to road-trip tunes, the article boasts a list of quick tips to help you make this summer the best one yet! And who better to curate this list of fresh ideas, but New York City based writer and co-author of Twenty Something Girl: 1001 Quick Tips and Tricks to Make Your Life Easier, Melissa Fiorenza.

But back to the jeans… chances are, you probably already have a great pair of jeans to make “new” again, particularly if you recently spring cleaned your closet as I did in this post.

If not, find a pair that someone else broke in for you at your local Goodwill Industries or consignment store. No need to spend cash that you could otherwise use on a cute top to go with! Below are some modern looks paired nicely with denim cut-offs. [Btw, when I pin, I usually try and add my style POV or tips.]

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I love incorporating high-low fashion elements to create my outfits. It makes them more interesting, especially when I have a DIY story to tell!!  Check out highlights of some of my other DIY projects in my Style Expert Reel, below:

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What I’m Wearing:

{DRESS} Cap-sleeve, floral pattern dress from Shoppe Pioneer in Providence, RI

{BELT} Neon yellow and skinny from Target.

{HAIR} I get my hair done at Studio B, a salon and beauty boutique in Cranston, RI

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Skincare That’s Mother Earth Approved

To celebrate Earth Day this year, I’m sharing ways I’ve recently revived my skincare routine with all natural ingredients and safe home remedies.

So, why go natural when we have SO many cool & pretty skincare products to choose from today? Well, when we look closer at them, many contain harsh chemicals not in our skin or health’s best interest. The trick is knowing what ingredients to look for to truly nourish and protect our faces. That’s a tip to keep in mind whether you’re purchasing over-the-counter products or DIY’ing a home remedy to put on your face. I do a combo of both natural products and DIY to cleanse, moisturize and de-puff!

 

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FACIAL CLEANSER: Your cleanser shouldn’t leave your face feeling dry and tight, so avoid ones with soap. It’s also important to exfoliate to get rid of dead skin cells and absorb products better (Just don’t recommend doing it daily).

 

Over the counter — This cleanser was formulated by an esthetition with mothers-to-be in mind. So, while all ingredients have been screened to be safe during pregnancy, it’s also for those with sensitive, even acne-prone skin. The key ingredient is lactic-acid which is derived from sour/fermented milk and helps improve skin’s texture and hydration level. Lemon peel oil helps brighten dull skin.

 

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Belli Anti-blemish Facial Cleanser, $22.

 

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Gives ‘milky complexion’ a whole new meaning!

 

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Get a bright and clearer complexion!

 

DIY 2-in-1 cleanser and exfoliant— Mix brown sugar into your milky lactic-acid cleanser to make it a 2-in-1 cleanser and exfoliant. Massage all over face for 1-2 min. This is a natural and safe way to exfoliate your face — something I do a few times a week at night. It gets rid of dead skill cells to even out skin tone, keeps my pores cleaned (as possible!) and stimulates collagen.

 

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Morning after I exfoliate, I find my products absorb into my skin better!

 

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Raw brown sugar is best because it’s soft and won’t sting like salt might.

 

FACE MASK: Masks are a fun way to pamper your skin with highly concentrated active ingredients. Apply a moisturizing face mask 1-2 times a week to get instantly hydrate skin and tighten pores.

 

Over the counter — Not only does Origins list all the harful chemicals they do not use in this mask, we also know it’s made up of 2 of the earth’s most nourishing clock-stoppers: Algae, that helps boost natural collagen and has high levels of anti-oxidants and Apricot kernel oil, which helps protect and nourish skin, even if your’s is irritated.

 

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Origins Drink Up 10-Minute Face Mask, $24.

 

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Rid your body of toxins with algae! Who knew!

 

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The benefits of this delish fruit go beyond taste!

 

DIY face mask — Mix equal parts aloe and warmed honey (start with 1 tsp ea). Apply to clean/dry face for 20 min. Thoroughly wash off.

 

Use real aloe vera. Only the real stuff is naturally rich in proteins, collagen, vitamins and minerals to hydrate skin and help maintain a brighter, healthier looking complexion. Pure, raw honey is a natural anti-oxidant that has been used in skincare for so many years! It protects the skin from harmful rays, rejuvenates depleted skin with its ability to retain moisture and it also helps treat acne.

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You can even add raw brown sugar to exfoliate skin upon applying the mixture.

 

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Lily of the Desert, $5.  Use this on its own, daily! It has helped soothe and heel my skin.

 

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Aquidneck Honey, $12. If you prefer honey that’s more local to you, just make sure it’s pure, raw and pesticide free!

 

EYE REMEDIES: The skin under our eyes is extremely delicate and from allergies to alcohol, there are so many causes for our often dark circles and puffiness.

 

Over the counter — 100% Pure makes an all natural eye cream that works as an anti-inflammatory and smooths the most sensitive skin on our faces. The caffeine rich green coffee helps reduce swelling and brighten that under the eye area. The rose hip oil has astringent qualities. Because it’s rich in fatty acids, anti-oxidents and vitamins, it helps regenerate new skin cells.

 

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100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream, $12.

 

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Another great reason to add caffeine to your routine!

 

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Rose hip oil has ingredients essential to skin health.

 

DIY to D-PUFF! — Brew green tea bags for 5 min. Ring out, place in freezer bag and store in freezer 30 min (or longer). Before placing under eyes, wait a couple min to thaw.

 

This is SUCH an inexpensive and easy way to help reduce dark circles and puffiness around the eyes! The tannins in tea bags shrink blood vessels which in turn reduces swelling and discoloration. Plus, the tea’s caffeine helps de-puff and it’s anti-oxidant rich which is great for the skin.

 

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Trust me… it works!

 

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Yogi Herbal Green Tea Bags, $4. Run, don’t walk, to stock up on green tea!

 

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Got a Surf Lesson by Land and Sea!

Since I grew up in the Ocean State, I thought it was about time I try and surf…

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But, before I hit the ocean with Warmwinds in Narragansett, I took a novel fitness class called SURFSET Fitness in Newport to help me get ready for the *real* waves!

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Spoiler Alert: I fall anyway ;)

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Now, watch this totally gnarly video, bra!  … I couldn’t resist ;) 

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A HUGE thank you to everyone at Warmwinds and Surfset Fitness Newport at Floortime Studios, as well as my intern Meghan Fitzgerald for all the photos and my photographer/editor Nicholas Doscher!

What I’m Wearing:

{SWIMSUIT} Quicksilver: Surfshop in Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia

{WETSUIT} Roxy: Warmwinds

{SUNGLASSES} Ray Ban: gift from Allure Mag

{SHIRT} Grey jersey knit Tee: American Apparel

{DRESS} Kelly-green, fitted knee-length/sleeveless: Rachel Roy

{SHOES} Prabal Gurung for Target

{I get my hair done at Studio B, a salon and beauty boutique in Cranston, RI}

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HEY, THERE’S MORE!

Check it out!

Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan tried SURFSET Fitness today (2/11/2014) as part of their #endwinternow series.

Now, if I only had the foresight to go wavy that day…I’d totally take credit, now for Kelly’s move below ;)

Meaghan and Kelly Surfset