Livin’ the MAD Life

Exciting news everyone! My mom and I have decided to start our own purse and bag company. But there’s a twist! We wanted to bring our personal values into the brand, Livin’ the MAD Life, and have decided to keep it all vegan, cruelty free, sustainable and focused on empowering designs.

For those of you who do not know, my mother is a world renowned artist, who has sold hundreds of thousands of art pieces and has collectors from around the world. Her art has been featured in popular media streams such as the “O” Oprah Magazine, was the cover image for the Interior Design Magazine, and the featured artist and cover for the Spectrum Art Basel in 2015. She also has her art sold in various retail stores across the country such as, Urban Outfitters, Bed Bath & Beyond and Target. Not only that, but she also has art in major hotels, TV shows, celebrity homes and restaurants around the country.

Okay, so enough bragging about how awesome of an artist my mom is.. But that’s what makes the brand even better! My mother will design each bag and we even have original, hand painted purses!

Pretty cool, huh? Well it’s even cooler, because all of our hand painted bags are on thrifted, upcyled bags! Not sure if you knew this or not, but the fashion industry is the second largest polluter in the world, only behind the oil industry. Purchasing second hand and thrifted fashion items is a great way to keep sustainable and help reduce the fashion industries, and your, carbon footprint. We have thrifted bags from brands such as Chloe, Steve Madden, Samsonite and more! Some of the pieces date back to the 1950’s, making them a vintage masterpiece!

Although our other collections are not on thrifted bags, they will be designed with the colorful workings of my mom, which makes them a collectors piece and not fast fashion.

What’s even more, is we will never sell a bag that is not vegan or cruelty free. The majority of our bags will be made from PU faux leather.

There’s so much more to learn about our products and how they embody empowerment and what a MAD symbol stands for. To read more and check out all of our products visit www.livinthemadlife.com and keep in touch via social media @LivinTheMADLife.

Here are a few of our bags that you can purchase! Side note| I will also be modeling for the brand, so stay tuned for our other fun and exciting campaigns, that are already in the works!

Thanks for your support guys! Can’t wait to see where this takes us next!

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Now I feel there might be one question you all have… what does MAD stand for?

It’s simple, its our initials! Megan Aroon Duncanson

Española Way

I always love how each major city has their own little foreign pockets. Take, for example, Little Italy in New York or China Town in San Fransisco. And here in Miami Beach, we have Española Way. Our little Spanish quarter in the middle of the hustle and bustle.

With the amazing Spanish restaurants, foreign music and Spain’s architecture, it’s like we took a trip back to Spain.

Española Way is definitely one of my favorite little spots in Miami Beach, and a great place to visit if you’re ever this way! Or if you’re just looking for a delicious Nutella filled croissant.

Dress// For Love and Lemons

Sandals// Melissa

White store and white dress//

Xoxox

Miami Staycation

Española Way, in Miami Beach, has always been one of my favorite little spots to visit. The pink walls, hidden corridors and Spanish music, really make it feel like you’ve travelled to Europe!

And what better way to experience it, than with a little staycation at the El Paseo hotel! Right in the hustle and bustle, with the cutest little balconies and coffee room, it made for the perfect spot!

A cute little greeting, some yummy biscotti, a fresh cup of coffee, and I felt right at home!

Xoxox

Sweater Dress

What better way to say happy holidays than some red velvet booties and a sweater dress?! Now I have to be honest, I have never actually worn or own a sweater dress, until this one I recently acquire, from Tobi. And can I just say, this is the most functional, cozy piece ever! I would be completely satisfied if I only ever wore sweater dresses for the rest of the year!

Boots// Zara

Sweater Dress// Tobi

Watch// Daniel Wellington

xoxox

Current To Die For | Beauty Products

Happy holidays! I hope everyone, who celebrates, had an amazing Thanksgiving spent with those dearest to you.

One thing, and one of the only things, I dislike about this time of year is the proximity between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Does anyone else wish we had a little bit more time between each holiday?!

That aside, I figured it was about time to share with you all my to die for products. And may I just say, these last few months I have stumbled across some pretty amazing beauty products, that will for sure be in my routine for quite a while.

First and foremost, I just HAVE to talk about Sunday Riley. For the past year or so, I’ve seen and heard of the brand Sunday Riley from so many beauty gurus across the internet, but never actually went out to try the product. And I finally caved and purchased the Sulfur Mask and Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment. And let me just say, after a few days my skin had transformed. Sunday Riley is a bit pricey, but the Good Genes is well worth it, and I’m dying to try more products from their range!

Another one of my amazing new finds is Tan-Luxe products! For times when I don’t get a chance to enjoy the amazing Miami sun, (which is quite a lot of the time) it’s nice to have something that still allows me to keep that glow. Tan-Luxe has to be my all time favorite self tan company. None of their products stain, I get that amazing, to die for, glow, and they offer sooooo many different products! My absolute favorites from them is their “The Gloss,” which I’ve added into my makeup routine as a glowy bronzer, and it’s stunning! And one of their self tan lotions, “The Butter.” The Butter is one of the most beautiful lotions everrrr, it gives your skin that amazing shimmer, like you jumped right out of an Edward Cullen vampire film (but with a much nicer tan.) I’ll definitely be keeping these two products in my beauty cabinet all winter!

And lastly I’ve been loving my new foundation stick by Vapour. (I am shade 135 medium tan) I am usually one to stick to matte finish foundation, but this foundation stick has completely changed my mind. I’m absolutely obsessed with the glowy and healthy look it gives my skin. Pair this foundation with the Tan-Luxe “The Glow” and your skin will look like a goddess.

Mentioned Products//

Sunday Riley | Sulfur Mask & Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment

Tan-Luxe | The Gloss & The Butter

Vapour | Atmosphere Luminous Foundation Stick

xoxox

Holiday Style

Tis’ the season for holiday parties and feasting!

I’ve always been one to reach for something quick and effortless to wear, hence why dresses and rompers tend to be my first choice. That’s why when I saw these two gorgeous pieces from StyleWe I couldn’t resist! They’re both perfect for the upcoming holiday festivities; they embrace style, comfort and will definitely be my first option when deciding what next to wear.

 

Photographer// Diana Santisteban

 

Misslook Bell Sleeve Red Dress// StyleWe

Black Midi Velvet Dress// StyleWe

 

 

Happy holidays!

xoxoxo

Bells of Holly

Totally living for this bell sleeved strapless top from Tobi!

It’s trendy, it’s easy to wear and it’s perfect for this time of year! Even with these bell sleeves it’s still super simple to throw on a jacket, like this metallic green one.

And of course I had to throw in the shorts for that Floridian style.

Bell Sleeve Top// Tobi

Jacket// Shein

Shoes// Steve Madden

Xoxoxo