The Big City

This night in NYC was a particularly freezing one, that my Miami blood was not prepared for. But that aside, we watched one of the most entertaining fashion shows, the YEROC by Corey Woods. The pieces were fantastic and the performance was one for the books.

We found another amazing vegan restaurant, that I wish would make its way down South. Blossoms, was my all time favorite restaurant for the trip, the full menu was vegan and their Truffle, Mushroom Pizza was insanely delicious!

My look for this nights show was one of my favorite pieces from Lilac and Lilies Boutique, in Fort Lauderdale Florida, this flattering white dress. Paired with our Livin’ the MAD Life “Winter Sparkle” tote.

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Blazer | Zara (similar)

Dress | Lilac and Lilies

Purse | Livin’ the MAD Life

Shoes | Gianni Bini (similar)

 

xoxox

SOHO

Our trip for New York Fashion Week was nothing less than wonderful. We tried some amazing vegan foods, enjoyed stunning runway shows and explored parts of the city that we have never been to.

This day was my Zara look, I wanted something fun and classy, but wearable. Which is why I went with a chunky heeled bootie, to carry me around the city for a full day.

We spent most of the day in SoHo, aka South of Houston rd., and it was the most charming little space! We stopped by Bulletin.Co, a female empowering, pink wonder world, that needs to be experienced at least once! And we ate at By.CHLOE for breakfast and lunch! It’s so nice having full vegan restaurants at the tip of your fingers, it makes ordering much more simple! blog2

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Dress | Zara

Jacket | Zara (similar)

Turtle Neck | Zara

Tights | Urban Outfitters

Boots | Zara (similar)

Purse | Livin’ the MAD Life

 

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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

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

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Biggest Beauty Secret

I am sure you have all heard of this amazing secret, that even the top of the top models swear by. It’s good for your skin, fitness and overall health. And it is one of the most important necessities for life. Have you figured it out yet?

It is water!

Yes water, we all need it, but most people don’t make it a habit to drink enough. I myself set a personal goal to finish, at minimum, one full gallon jug of water. I usually tend to go a little over a gallon. But boy when I don’t drink my gallon, if I’m super busy that day or travelling, I notice a huge difference in the way I feel, perform and look.

So if there was one thing I would recommend everyone to do, it would be to challenge yourself to drink a gallon of water a day, and you’ll see a huge difference within a week!

That being said, fall is upon us, and it is never to early to start working towards that summer bod. Rather than waiting till spring and feeling the need to workout excessively and track your foods.

With that in mind, I’ve found an amazing new water that is perfect for those days when you need an extra boost of energy, and a good way to fill that gallon up. It’s called 3 Water! I use it before my workout because there is some caffeine, which gives me a little pick me up. It’s Ph balanced, which is always my preferred choice of water, and of course it has tons of electrolytes! So why not switch things up a bit and try water that is ever better than regular water!

Perfect for pre workout, or a day by the pool! You can honestly never have enough water!

Fun tip: I use 3 water and mix it with my preworkout before, for an extra boost of energy!

xoxo

For The Romantically Challanged Man

Valentine’s day is quickly approaching, and I bet there are some guys out there who are stressing out about what to get their special someone. It always seems so obvious and easy to think of dates and gift ideas, but for some reason guys just can never get it.

That’s why the ladies over at Man Crates have challenged me to create a mini wishlist to help the romantically challenged man this holiday.

  1. If you are looking to really impress a girl: Homemade baked goodies and flowers

If you are looking to make a really good impression on your special someone, bake! Trust me, if a guy goes out of his way to turn the heat up in the kitchen for his girl, he wont be dissapointed with the outcome. It doesn’t have to be anything intricate, simple chocolate chip cookies would do. Or you could even go a step further, and bake her favorite goodie! Don’t forget to throw in some flowers, because a girl is always expecting flowers on Valentine’s day. (Mine would definitely have to be white chocolate chip cookies, yummm) Toasted-Coconut-White-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies-1

Click here to get this toasted coconut white chocolate chip cookie recipe.

2. For the newbies: Her favorite candies and flowers

It’s so cliche, I know. But if you were lucky enough to find a new someone right before Valentine’s Day, it’s better to play it safe with good ole fashioned candy and flowers. Pick a cute basket and fill it with all her favorite candies! Of course you must add in some flowers. Try to avoid your average chocolates, like hershey bars and kisses. Buying your chocolate from an actual chocolate place is much more thoughtful and delicious.

One of my favorite gifts was a basket filled with every kind of white chocolate from my local chocolate store. I was in literal white chocolate heaven. 

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Click here to shop chocolate from one of my favorite local chocolate shops

3. For the Valentine’s veteran: Something New

So you and your girl have been together for a while and you’re stuck on what to get her? Thinking of a spontaneous and different date night will definitely make her and you happy! Ditch that same Italian restaurant you go to once a month and plan a fun picnic, or camping trip.

If you really want to go all out travel to a romantic new spot and treat yourselves to a couples spa day. Throw in some flowers and chocolates to make her feel extra special, and this Valentine’s Day will be one for the books.

 

What is your most memorable Valentine’s Day gift?

xoxox

Hot Lemon Water// Does It Actually Work?

Hot Lemon Water// Does It Actually Work?

I am sure most of you have heard of the amazing benefits hot lemon water, first thing in the morning, is supposed to have. After hearing so many people talk about how amazing this simple drink is, I decided to give it a go.


For the past month I have been drinking hot Lemon Detox Tea (click here to purchase) with half a fresh squeezed lemon. I drink this before I eat or drink anything else. And I can definitely tell a difference. Some of the immediate and visible changes I saw were:

  • Clearer skin, after only a few days of drinking this there was a noticeable difference in the complexion of my skin.
  • Eating less. I felt much more full and did not tend to be as hungry throughout the day.
  • Digestive health

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These are only what I can visibly see changing within the past month. But this morning drink is supposed to have many internal benefits for your everyday health. Such as:

  • Source of Vitamin C, to help build immune system and prevent sickness such as the common cold
  • Balances pH levels
  • Lemon contains pectin fiber which is great for your colon
  • Helps prevent growth of certain bacterias
  • Provides energy to liver enzymes which in turn helps keep a healthy liver
  • Helps with wrinkles (Luckily I do not have wrinkles yet, so I can not tell if this has personally helped)
  • Helps replenish salt levels
  • Can help with dental problem (freshens breath, relieve toothache and gingivitis)

As you can see this stuff is basically magic! Yet it is so simple and such an easy thing to add into your morning routine. Instead of drinking your regular tea or coffee in the morning, try this lemon detox and I am sure you will reap the benefits like I have.

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