beach gear - bikini - beach hat - fedora - striped beach towel - meg biram

Ok Polar Vortex, I think I can speak for everyone when I say we’re done with you. Time to go. I was fine with mild cold weather around 40 degrees for a while, but it got really cold again and even though I was handling this winter alright, I’m now just done with it. All I can think about is heat heat heat! I just want to be HOT. I’m ready for spring and summer. I want the sun, warm afternoons, Vitamin D! And the beach of course. Always have the beach on my mind…

What to bring to the beach: A hat is a must, and I’m loving this white weathered Panama Hat. I wore my Panama Hat all summer last year. I want to add these rosy gold Ray-Bans to my collection of shades this year. They would go perfectly with the metallic bikini I have my eye one.  It’s perfect for a really hot day. Need, want, love this striped beach towel. I would say I’m equally picky about my cover0up as I am about my bikini — I love this white loungy tassel cover-up. It’s simple and chic at the same time. These Themis Pony sandals are so chic, I’d wear them all summer. Everywhere.


work and play - beach vacation -  meg biram

Come January, I am always ready to hit the beach. I get pale and feel cooped up due to cold weather and I just start obsessively dreaming about the beach. Lately I just cannot stop looking at beach resorts on the Internet. Like it’s a problem. Honestly I’d pick up and leave tomorrow if I find the right thing. I’m going a little stir crazy over here. I need a 3-day dose of Vitamin D from the sun.

My friend Jaime says she always goes away for a few days to write her books and work on big projects that need focusing without distractions. She frequents Palm Springs because she lives in LA, but I’m feeling Florida or the Caribbean (shorter flight from DC). I want to take a few days on a beach to recharge, soak up the sun, and do some hyper-focusing on a few projects and writing. I’m afraid if I don’t do it I’m going to drive myself batty!

Have you been to a relaxing place you’d recommend in Florida or the Caribbean for this type of work & play vacay? 

To Take on a Work/Play Beach Vacation: Zimmermann Vivid Tie Bandeau Bikini / Raffia Hat / Joie Metallic Thong SandalsGivenchy Nail Lacquer in Vibrant Lilac / Calypso St. Barth Large Daisy Tote / PaperMate Flair Pens (my fave) / Metallic Leather Refillable Notebook


leather pencil case - leather makeup case - blair ritchey - meg biram

I’ve always loved product design, but I was never able to pick just one category. I love fashion, art, interiors, office products — I could never land on one to become an expert in. So I was so excited when leather handbag and accessories designer Blair Ritchey, who you might have gotten to know in her Behind the Biz interview, was up for collaborating with me.

leather sunglass case - leather iphone case - meg biram - blair ritchey

I am a huge fan of her luxury leather (I love leather) products and I had a few ideas of my own. I love olive green. I have multiple olive green shirts, I am constantly attracted to olive green. When it wear it, it makes my eyes more green than blue — I love that. So we introduced an olive green gator leather pencil case and iphone case to a few of Blair’s existing products (the olive is exclusive to my shop), and one product that we collaborated on — the sunglass case — also exclusive to my shop. (Relax, it’s not REAL gator leather, it’s embossed.)

Just FYI today is the LAST DAY my entire shop is 30% off! The discount will automatically be taken at checkout so you don’t have to put in a code. Every product is 30% off until 11:59 PST (1/3/14)!

black leather - gator leather - leather pencil case - leather makeup case - meg biram - blair ritchey

The pencil cases (I’ve got the olive, black, and sorry snake is sold out but you can get one from Blair!) can be for anything (not just pencils) — it’s a makeup case, a lip product case (if you’re one of those people that carries 9 lip products with you, a pen case. I mostly use mine for beauty products and it’s always in my purse. It’s just the right size — small enough, but holds enough. I’ve got a few lip products, perfume, eyedrops and a pen in mine.

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