monogrammed chambray shirt (+ a giveaway)

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Meghan Donovan I wit and whimsyIf I had to wear the same look for the rest of time, it’s safe to say I’d stick with jeans + heels (if you want a fun read on the denim you should own, I’ve built a list here.) I’ve waxed on about the amazing-ness of these DL1961 boyfriend jeans before in this post but they are the most comfortable and I have been reaching for them more than any other pair in my closet recently. As I’ve blogged about before, I love pops of red (see here, here) in outfits so when this monogrammed Madewell shirt came to me I knew I had to style it with jeans + these stellar stilettos.

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How did this shirt come to be? A few weeks ago I had the extreme pleasure to visit the J.Crew Headquarters here in New York for the Madewell Fall press preview and felt like I should be pinching myself. It was such an awesome moment to walk into those offices and as a takeaway the brand was monogramming their iconic chambray shirt for editors that attended. Their boyfriend shirt is a wardrobe staple for me (I’ve styled it here, here) and is now carried at Nordstrom. I love having something so personalized and it has served as quite the conversation starter – I sure do love my monograms (note necklace in this post :))

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Many of you know this, but when the weather cooperates, I walk to and from work every day. I love the moments of silence in Soho before the city wakes up and so enjoy getting my coffee and sipping on it as I meander to my desk. For the past six months or so the Bowery Mural space has been boarded up due to construction but you may recall the sensation around last year’s masterpiece. When I rounded the corner the other morning and saw the space had finally unveiled a new look I was so excited and knew I had to shoot in front of it. It’s a very interesting piece to say the least and incredibly tongue and cheek but worth checking out if you’ll be in the Nolita/Soho area.

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One quick note on beauty: I am in love with this $8 lipstick that is the perfect matte red. It feels glamorous and retro and is the perfect pop of color when dressed in more neutrals (which is essentially the story of my life living in New York. I was appalled the other day at how little color my closet seems to boast at this point!) And I just tried white nails (gels) for Spring given my intense travel schedule and I’m pretty in love. It’s such a fun take and stands out among a sea of pinks, red and peaches. I highly recommend it if you haven’t already!

As mentioned in this post, I’m doing a series if giveaways all month long to celebrate the new wit & whimsy and today I’m excited to share that I’ve teamed up with my favorite beauty brands, Birchbox, to giveaway a six month subscription to their monthly boxes full of amazing beauty products – hoooooray! And in case you missed my recent tour of their Soho store, check it out. Leave a comment on this post + follow me on Instagram to enter & good luck!

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I got back from Austin late last night so today will be a massive struggle-fest but I had so much fun experiencing a new city and celebrating my best friend’s numbered days as a single lady! In just under three months I’ll get to stand beside her as her Maid of Honor when she marries one of the best guys and I couldn’t be more excited. And if you’ve never been to Austin, Texas…add it to your list ASAP!

Shop the look:

Madewell Boyfriend Chambray Shirt

Boyfriend Jeans

Schutz Cady Lee Sandals (I love them in gold for summer wedding season and PSA they are comfortable!)

Leopard Clutch (I use this non-stop)

Leather Jacket

Monogrammed necklace

Celine Sunglasses

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[Bekka Palmer Photography]

introducing the new wit & whimsy (& a giveaway!)

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You guys, today is the day! I am so excited to reveal the brand new wit & whimsy!

This has been quite the undertaking and frankly on my radar for quite some time so I’ve been making notes of what I wanted to improve, listening to what you had to say and working hard to give this blog the major overhaul it was due.

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So, what’s new you ask? I am bursting at the seams to tell you!

  • The look (obviously): My goal for the new site was to streamline. My previous site design had started to give me the heebie-jeebies with its look. I was working so hard on getting regular content up it was like I had developed wrinkles and never addressed them! I am so glad that I finally took the leap and spent the time to craft the vision I wanted. I hope you enjoy the sleek and simplified new look and enjoy the overall functionality that has been designed to give you a better experience when visiting. It’s not overly stylized or editorial – I wanted it clean + simple.
  • Logo / Branding: Since I started my blog back in late 2005, it’s always been “WIT & Whimsy” because I started it back in college and I had an inside joke with my girlfriends related to “WIT”. It’s a minor change to move to “wit & whimsy,” but an important one for me. I am in love with my new logo though and overall branding of the site that is far more true to my aesthetic and I think represents my personality in a very visual, authentic way.
  • A new Tumblr: I have created “a little extra wit & whimsy” to curate pieces I am currently loving and anything else that strikes my fancy. Follow along, won’t you!?
  • A New York City Guide: I’ve had this drafted for years but finally put the finishing touches on it. Visiting New York? Check it out to add my favorites to your list. Just moved here? My list will help you curate some of the best food/experiences this amazing city has to offer. See it here!
  • An FAQ: I get loads of questions on social and email and many of them can now be answered all in one handy space.
  • Commenting: I hope you find it easier to do with the new post design!
  • A new Navigation Bar: At the top of the site you can now easily find the page you’re looking for – whether it’s a bit more about me, my new FAQ, my city guide or a particular content category. Which brings me to…
  • Simplified Categories: In addition to streamlining the look, I’m streamlining my content. With the ‘Categories’ button on the navigation bar, you can now easily go to Outfits, Lifestyle, Travel or Beauty.
  • Shopping Boutiques: I’ve curated shopping picks in a variety of categories so when you toggle over SHOP in the navigation bar, feel free to peruse my updated shops: My Favorites, Under $100, Currently Coveting, Classic Pieces and Beauty Favorites. I’ll be keeping this refreshed on a weekly basis.
  • Mobile Compatibility:  With the face lift, you can now browse wit & whimsy from your iPad or mobile phone and have the same experience!
  • Daily Reads: Want to know what blogs I always check? They are my most favorite and you can see them all here.

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Meghan Donovan I wit & whimsy I eyelet dressI want to extend a huge thank you to Whitney of Heart & Arrow who designed and developed this face lift with me. She was so wonderful in helping my vision come to life and I couldn’t be more grateful. I do have some minor maintenance items to make happen still so there’s additional work going on behind the scenes but I hope you love what you’re currently seeing.

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I also want to say a heartfelt thank you to all of you who read wit & whimsy, are in touch on social, maybe are a new reader, a regular reader, have left a comment once or dozens of times…you make this blog so worthwhile for me. When I look back on the past (almost) nine years, I am in awe of what this little site has brought into my life and my readers mean absolutely everything to me. I cannot wait for the next chapter that this redesign ushers in and I can’t say enough how forever touched I am that you choose to support wit & whimsy and follow along on this journey with me. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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And, in celebration of today’s reveal, I’m kicking off a series of awesome giveaways in the coming weeks and we’re starting it with $100 to buy your very own pair of Tieks like I’ve styled in this post! They are my favorite flats (I have several colors and swear by them to commute to/from work). All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post and follow wit & whimsy on Instagram to be entered to win! It’ll close in 3 days and I’ll be in touch with the winner who will be randomly selected. Good luck and I hope you love the new site as much as I do!

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Outfit Details:

Sail to Sable Dress (c/o)

Tieks Ballerina Flats

Cuyana Tote

Denim Jacket


Lulu Frost Plaza Necklace

p.s. I’ve also opened my Snapchat account to be public so follow along and add @meghandono if you’d like! And let’s chat here, too! Twitter . Facebook . Instagram . Pinterest . Tumblr

[Bekka Palmer Photography

floral top + silk pants

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One of the best parts about having roommates? Seeing them wear an outfit you love and being able to snag it and replicate it for work the following week! Bridget and I have known each other since college and for the past year have called each other roomies and often raid each other’s closets. We also both snagged these heels last year so I was quite literally able to copy her look head to toe. Whatever will I do when I don’t have roommates!? (Let’s not think about it…) She picked up this fun floral top at a local boutique aptly named ‘meg’ in our neighborhood but despite its name I still have yet to make it in but both my roommates have such cool pieces from their signature line. It’s on my NYC to do list for sure and until then I’ll borrow this top that’s the perfect style for Spring and summer.

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I know I noted that wit & whimsy would be “under construction” as of today, but as with all projects, timing sometimes shifts so I hope you’ll bear with me this week. I returned yesterday from Dallas where I attended a 3 day conference aimed at helping to make this blog even better. I was overwhelmed but inspired and came back with quite a to do list but found it perfect timing as I prepare to launch my new site!

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I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I’m in New York for only 4 days before heading off to my next destination – the countdown is on! (p.s. if you’re not already, be sure to follow me on Instagram to shop my photos!)

Outfit Details:

Meg Top

Silk Pants (less expensive version here)

Club Monaco Heels

Bowling Bag (back in stock)

Wrap Bracelet (on sale!)

Lulu Frost Plaza Necklace

Michael Kors Watch (pretty much wear this every day!)

[Bekka Palmer Photography]