I first developed my
style crush on Megan Rutledge when we took Communication Law together last
year. Every day, she waltzed into class with an outfit more colorful than the
last. I envied her bold take on mixing patterns and prints. Plus, she was the proud
owner of a pink sparkly laptop case—that’s soul sister material in my book. I
got to know Megan better last semester in our Fashion Journalism class. I loved
editing Megan’s articles, because they were so her. I always knew Megan wrote the article without having to look
at her byline. Megan’s voice is uniquely hilarious and outspoken, and a real
treat to read if you haven’t checked out SMU Fashion Media yet. I was thrilled
when Megan recently decided to start her own blog, MDR Casual. I know you will
fall in love with it just as much as I have. I invited Megan to create a
collage based on everything a stylista needs to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Champagne
not included ; ) Enjoy!

Why did you start blogging? Creative outlet? Online
shopping problem? Give me the deets behind MDR Casual!

Ever since I was a little girl, I would collage, and I can still hear my mom
getting angry for finding magazine scraps all over her house! But seriously, my
first word was “shoe.” I have loved clothes my whole life, I still get
butterflies when I see something I love. Somehow along the way this translated
into online shopping (during those hours when the stores were closed and I needed
to get my fashion fix). From there I wanted to combine my love for
arranging/collaging with my archives of my favorite new fashion finds, and
realized a blog was the perfect outlet. I am so inspired by my contemporary
fashionista bloggers, like Brooke du jour!

How would you describe your personal sense of
style? (I know you share my mutual love of color, sparkles and sequins!) 

As a New
England native, I have always been preppy. I idolize Jackie-o for her
timelessness, which is completely at odds with my love for new trends. My best
friend describes my style as feminine and bold. I’m a little bit all over the
place with my style because I think it’s always changing as I grow as a person
and become more confident to make bold fashion moves. But one consistency is my
love for pink and sparkles—I mean ‘whoever said orange was the new pink was seriously disturbed!’

If you were trapped on an island after a holiday
vaca gone awry, what one beauty product would you wish you had?

Uemura’s “Art of Hair” shampoo and conditioner! They say to never splurge on
shampoo, but this is an exception to that rule—your hair will never feel so
clean after each wash. My hair (on an island, especially!) needs to be tamed
and these treatments help to do the trick.

4) What was
your favorite celebrity style moment of 2012?

printed and silk/’pajama inspired’ pants. So comfy and stylish! Also I remember
reading a Kate Winslet
article in
In Style where she alludes to maxi skirts being the next thing, and I definitely
took that and ran with it. Basically anything flowy and long— I hope will
stay for a while!

5) Have you
started brainstorming your New Year’s resolutions? Are you usually good at
sticking to ’em?

I actually
have not made a solid resolution maybe ever… I think for this year my
resolutions will be to indulge in my new blog in my free time as much as
possible. Oh, and to give more hugs!


    • December 21, 2012 / 4:15 pm

      Thanks! Doesn't Megan have great taste? Don't forget to check out her blog! xo

  1. January 1, 2013 / 8:30 pm

    LOVE those metallic booties! I know I already have about nine pairs, but you can never have too many, right?


    • January 2, 2013 / 5:39 pm

      Let's go halfsies on them?! Thank God we're the same shoe size! xoxoxo

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