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Closet Case :: Meghan McFadyen

I first met the lovely Meghan McFadyen when I accosted her at last month’s GOOD: street food + design market event. Standing at 5’10”, the stunning and stylish redhead was easy to spot from across the crowded warehouse where the event was held. With a perfectly coiffed mane, and donning a vibrant yellow skirt and a tank with a bird graphic and the word “whatever” emblazoned on it—I immediately knew I had to feature Meghan as part of CC.

Currently an on-call nanny, Meghan is also working on getting her multiple-subject teaching credential through CalState TEACH.

“I’m working on getting to my dream job right now,” she explained. “Working and teaching kids has always made me happy. I’d love to help non profits out with their social media and event planning, but that may be something of a second career.”

Of course, all work and no play would make for an awfully dull life—especially for such a sassy, intelligent and vibrant 26-year-old like Meghan…and this style maven is anything but dull. In fact, the night of our shoot she was prepping for an impromptu trip to Las Vegas with her friend Raeann. Yup, they just up and decided they were gonna head to Vegas for a few days. Lucky b@#*$es!

Hours before their departure, I met Meghan for our shoot. We chatted about her amazing hair (David at Suede Salon maintains her locks), uncovering awesome finds at Crossroads (she once scored a $1,000+ Marc Jacobs bag for a mere $100) and the benefits of utilizing the stylist services at Nordstrom (something she does about once a month). It was a quick visit, but Meghan was a doll and a blast to work with. Here are a couple shots from our shoot:

For more of Meghan, follow her (@PearlandSwine) on Twitter or check out her website.

How would you describe your style?
Eclectic. I try not to stick to one particular look. I like to play with looks by combining them together. A floral dress with boots, a muscle tee with a lace-y, pretty bandeau top, etc. I try to keep my wardrobe curated. Before I buy anything I’ll run everything in my closet through my head to make sure I feel like it fits in somewhere.

Who are your favorite designers?
I love BB Dakota. The first piece of clothing I ever bought from them was this amazing long sleeve dress with a zipper up the back. It was the first thing I bought after I moved home from college and started to revamp my wardrobe. My favorite screen tees are from Blood is the New Black. Some of my other favorites are Paige Jeans, Tulle, Free People and Hudson.

If you could raid anyone’s wardrobe whose would it be?
It’s a bit cliché, but I’d love to raid Marilyn Monroe’s wardrobe. I’ve read that she had a massive closet full of clothes ranging in sizes from 2 to 12. From all the photos I’ve seen of her, I feel like she had an amazing selection of clothes from casual to glamorous.

Where do you turn for fashion inspiration?
Moose Limited, Blood is the New Black, Polyvore, US Trend, Lucky are a few of the websites I frequent to see what styles are trending and what ones are staying. Sole Struck is a great site for inspiration when it comes to shoes. They always have shoes I never see anywhere else. I’ll also check out the local boutiques in midtown to see what’s coming in.

Is there an item you’re currently eyeing?
I’ve been keeping my eye out for a new pair of gladiator wedges, but I haven’t seen any that have really struck me yet. It may be time for me to peruse DSW.

What was your most recent wardrobe purchase?
I just bought a pair of AG city shorts from Nordstrom. A little out of my budget, but I like to think that jeans of any sort are an investment. Its all about CPW (cost per wear).

What is one item in your closet you can’t live without?
 My Paige dark denim jeans and my Lucy Love ‘90s style floral dress with a lacey back.

What’s in your closet that you’ve never worn?
I have this knit vest I bought from the Gap on sale for about a year. I’ve never found an outfit that I like it with. It may never make it out of my closet. I may not be a vest kind of girl.

How often do you purge items from your closet, and where do your castaways go?
I usually purge every time I move, which is about once a year—sometimes less. I usually let my mom and sister go through things first and then I’ll donate the rest. Some things I hang on to until they wear out.

What are your favorite styling products?
Moroccan Oil Curl Control Mousse is great for wavy and curly hair. I use Kevin Murphy Hair Resort Spray for when I want a just went to the beach look. Kevin Murphy products are great. One of the few product lines I’ve never gotten sick of. Davines shampoo and conditioner is great for colored hair. I color my hair red, which is really hard to maintain. Davines gives me an extra few weeks before my hair starts fading. My favorite make up products are Revlon ColorStay Ultimate and Erase Paste by Benefit. My biggest skin care secret is Dermafine-MD. It’s for stretch marks, but I use it on my face and neck in the mornings.

Have any shopping spots you’re willing to divulge?
My favorite spots in Sacramento are Heart Clothing Boutique and the Gypsy Mobile Boutique. There are also a few spots I like in San Francisco—Wasteland, Ambience, and this tiny shop I can’t remember the name of, sorry!

Give me your 5 favorite local haunts.
Magpie Cafe, Shady Lady, Bows and Arrows, It’s A Grind and Old Soul at the Weatherstone.

What music do you listen to when you’re getting ready to go out?
If I’m getting ready for a girls night I’m all about “Top 40” and pop hits—especially ‘80s pop hits. You can never be in a bad mood listening to ‘80s pop.

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4 Comments

  1. I remember seeing her at GOOD too, and now we are connected on the interwebs! Great getting a deeper look into this lovely fashionista. Love her easy and carefree style!

  2. Vivie

    Major hair envy! She’s absolutely gorgeous! And her style is incredible.

  3. Meghan

    @Kachet

    Thanks Kachet! Yay for the interwebs!! I was totally eyeing the outfit you wore to GOOD. 🙂

  4. Great style, so beautiful!