Closet Cravings #3: The Basics

Thursday, February 12, 2015

As I settle into my 26th year, my style has become so much more about being comfortable with the added bonus of simultaneously looking presentable.  I hear my 13 year old self chastising my mother for embarrassing me by wearing men's cashmere sweaters and loose fitting clothing, yet I find myself wearing only vintage cashmere men's sweaters and considering brands like Eileen Fisher [GASP].


I mean, wouldn't you wear that outfit?  Maybe you saw this coming, but that is straight from the Eileen Fisher website.  In any case, I'm all about the basics these days.


1. Alessandra Rivera Chloe hat - I don't know about the rest of the world, but if you're going outside these days in LA you must have a chic hat.  It is absolutely obligatory and if you don't no one will like your selfies on instagram.

2. Rebecca Minkoff Finn convertible clutch - I know fringe is kind of trendy, and usually I splurge on basics rather than trends, but this bag makes me want to do the opposite.  Plus, it'd be perfect for COACHELLA.  If you're into that sort of thing.

3. Julian & Co arrow necklace - A staple dainty necklace that you can wear alone or layered is a key piece that any jewelry lover, nay, woman, should own.

4. Rag & Bone skinny jean - distressed is the way to go these days, and I am seriously needing the perfect pair of black pre-destroyed denim jeans.  Because who wants to go to the trouble of paying less money and ripping them yourself over the years?  Instant gratification is not overrated.

5. Zara multicolored ethnic scarf - IS THIS SCARF FOR REAL?  We all know how obsessed I am with kilim...and now I can swathe myself in it!  This finally fulfills one of my life long dreams from childhood.

6. Madewell slub v-neck pocket tee - I can't say I've found the perfect 'basic t-shirt' brand yet, but these are super soft with a looser fit and don't cost $85 like some other t-shirts (I'm looking at you Alexander Wang.  But if you want to send me several "prototypes" I'm totally open to converting.)

7. DV by Dolce Vita Caden boots - These are the perfect winter-to-spring-to-fall booties.  If you can wear something more than half of the seasons, it's definitely worth it.

8. Free People turtleneck pullover - This sweater is the perfect accouterments when you want that 'I just threw this on and didn't try to look this good' look, which is what I go for basically every day.

What are you guys wanting in your closet right now?

Inspiring Spaces: Stacy London's Brooklyn Apartment

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

I simply had to share this gorgeous tour of Stacy London's apartment featured here on Refinery29.  I'm crushing hard on her 'Modern Minimal Edgy' style (why yes, I, Megan Martinez, am an interior decor guru that can coin one-off terms like Modern Minimal Edgy [MME], much like what Stacy London is to fashion) and love how simplistic she is with her decor.  Her pieces and design are like the popular girl in high school who only surrounded herself with a few other popular girls that all had different color hair and looks but dressed in similar styles so that each one stood out but you could totally tell they were part of the same group.  Each piece she has is totally beautiful and the minimal aspect of the decor gives them enough room to breathe so that each can shine without your eye being overwhelmed.  Hope you enjoy her space as much as I do!





How to Set up your Home Bar: Bar Tools, Glassware, and Booze Essentials

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Last week I covered the first step to setting up your home bar: finding the perfect bar cart.  Now that you have a foundation, we can get into the bar tool accessories and essentials you need to be the best home bartender around!

Step 2: Home Bar Tool Essentials:
home bar tool essentials
1. cocktail shaker: for obvious reasons.
2. jigger: for precise measuring.
3. mixing glass: for when you want it stirred, not shaken.
4. muddler: sometimes you have to muddle.
5. hawthorne strainer: once you mix a cocktail you have to pour it.
6. opener: this one is cute and fun.
7. stirring spoon: you know, to stir.
8. cocktail picks: for your olive, cherry, or what have you.
9. large ice cube tray: so you can have it on a rock (and so your drink gets less watery).
10. mesh strainer: to keep the muddled stuff from getting in your drink.
11. y peeler: garnish anything you like. Bonus points for lighting your citrus zest on fire before rimming your glass to release the essential oils.
12. juicer: this is the mother of all juicers and will get every last ounce.

Bonus points for decanters, ice buckets, sphere ice molds, ice picks, pourers, and swizzle sticks.

Step 3: Home Bar Essential Glasses
Home bar essential glassware
1. old fashioned glass
2. coup
3. champagne flute
4. beer glass
5. wine glass (red and white)
6. martini
7. collins glass
8. shot glass

These glasses will get you by for entertaining guests in a heart beat.  If entertaining isn't really your forte, think about the drinks that you enjoy most.  Are you a beer connoisseur?  Then focus on your beer glasses.  Some of these are multi-purpose as well, you can serve a negroni or champagne in a coupe.  Don't be afraid to have a little fun with your glasses as well - these Sisters of Los Angeles rocks glasses are some of my favorites.  Etsy is also a great resource for vintage bar and glassware.
via Refinery29
Step 4: Spirits (the booze):
Vodka: I like Ketel One best.  Tito's is also a solid choice.  Try making a moscow mule or martini.
Gin: Gin is my favorite spirit, and I have a few favorites.  Blade, Amethyst, and Hendrick's are all solid choices.  Try a gin and tonic, tom collins, or east side.
Rum: We always have a bottle of Atlantico on hand.  Try a dark and stormy, it's one of my favorites!
Tequila: I like Espolon, and Casamingos is a great higher end tequila.  Try a margarita or paloma.
Whiskey: Buffalo Trace is a great every day bourbon whiskey.  I've even done infusions with it before - try figs or cinnamon, cloves, and orange zest; they make great gifts!  Try making a manhattan or sazerac.
via Design Sponge
Step 5: Liqueurs, Bitters, and Garnishes:
Triple Sec: Orange liqueur is an essential in many cocktails.  Cointreau is a great one.
St. Germain: This elderflower liqueur is great in gin and vodka cocktails, and even with champagne.
Vermouth: I don't have a favorite here, but you'll need dry for martinis and sweet for other cocktails.
Orgeat: St. Vincent's is a great quality almond syrup.  Stay away from the cheap stuff on this.  One of my favorite cocktails uses orgeat, it's called a trinidad sour.
Pimm's: For Pimm's Cups, of course!
Bitters: Start with the granddaddy of all bitters, Angostura.  If you like bitters, I'd recommend Orange, Peychaud, and Underberg.
Garnishes: Lemon, lime, orange, and Luxardo cherries should cover all your bases.
via Lonny
Step 6: Mixers:
Tonic: I swear by Jack Rudy small batch tonic.  It's a bit pricey, however, its a syrup, and therefore not carbonated so it lasts much longer.  To mix a drink you use the tonic and add your own seltzer water for the bubbles.  It's completely changed my gin and tonic game.
Seltzer: A must, we just buy it from Trader Joe's.
Ginger Beer: In my opinion, Bundaberg is the only way to go.

Now you should have everything you need to have a fully stocked bar at home!  Don't forget about the first essential piece in building your home bar: the bar cart.  For recipes, bar tools, bar inspiration, and more, visit my bar pinterest board.

Look for Less: Make it or Fake it #15

Monday, December 1, 2014

Make it with this Caravan Pacific Alberta Table Lamp for $500
or fake it with this Target Threshold Ceramic Table Lamp $44.99
Be sure to check out other make it or fake it posts here for more affordable home decor options.

How to Set Up Your Home Bar: Round Up: The Best Bar Carts

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

In order to build a great home bar, you'll need a place to house all your bar paraphernalia.  A really great bar cart is the perfect first piece in building a home bar.  They're versatile pieces that are great for both storage and entertaining, and can be used for a variety of purposes: as a night stand, end table, kitchen cart, etc.  If you're into making cocktails or mixology, showcase your bar tools and booze with pride!
image via Lonny Mag
Some features to look for in a bar cart are multiple shelving to maximize storage space and wheels for easy maneuvering.  Here are a few of my favorite bar carts in a variety of styles and prices:

Do you have a bar cart at home?  Stay tuned for a post about how to build your very own bar.  For recipes, bar tools, bar inspiration and more, be sure to visit my pinterest board here.  Stay tuned for step two of building your own home bar, with all the essentials you need to make the best cocktails at home.

Style Steal #6: Tropical Eclectic Dining Room

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Fashion stylist Jenny Kaplan knows how to make a statement.  I absolutely love her quirky, tropical dining room featured on Rue Daily.  The pair of bamboo chairs with funky pillows spices up an otherwise white dining area.  She mixes styles seamlessly, a mid century credenza, industrial cage lamps, a modern globe mirror pendant lamp, beachy chairs...and yet it all comes together in such cohesive way, like everything is intentional.  It's my belief that when decorating you can't worry too much about whether or not something 'goes', because if you really love it, it will work.  In the end, your space and decor is a reflection of yourself!  So you can't go wrong decorating with pieces you absolutely love.  See how to steal Jenny's style below, and check out the full home tour over on Apartment Therapy.
image via Rue Daily
Get the look: blue abstract art // navy chevron pillows // white bamboo dining chairs // silver globe pendant light // industrial cage table lamp // turtle shells // white dining table // credenza

Be sure to check out other style steal posts here to get the look of some killer rooms.  What do you think of Jenny's style?
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