Giveaway – Margaret Elizabeth $500 Credit!

January 26, 2015

When Sally moved to San Francisco, Meg of Margaret Elizabeth Jewelry was one of the first people to reach out to her. Not only did this completely warm my heart (I miss my sister and want her to be making new friends!) but I was more than a little star struck that Sal was getting to hang out with such a jewelry star...the two of us have been following Meg and her brand for years. Her simplistic but bold pieces always caught our eye for their price and layering quality. This past winter we finally were able to add some of her designs to our jewelry box and we have loved wearing them with everything from sweatshirts to sweater dresses. The more we got to know Meg, the more we came to love her and admire her business. She was sweet enough to invite us to host a giveaway for you lovely readers and we couldn't say "Yes!!" fast enough! (continue reading to enter)


One of the best parts about Margaret Elizabeth’s 24 karat gold-plated pieces is that designs come in an array of stones t0 choose from. For instance, the famed teardrop bangle is available in 12 different stones…knowing how much her fans and clients love getting to pick their favorites to mix and match, Meg is gifting one lucky A Piece of Toast reader a $500 credit to her site that can be used towards anything! Can you even? I styled a few pieces just to give you an idea of how wearable they are and what great layering pieces they make. (both outfits will be posted later this week!)

To enter, simply follow the steps in the Rafflecopter widget below and leave a comment on this post (if you are reading this via email or a feed, you’ll have to click over to to enter) telling us what Margaret Elizabeth piece or pieces you might buy with the $500 credit! Entries must be posted by the end of day (11:59pm CST) Friday, January 30th, and one winner will be chosen at random and announced on this post the following day. Good luck!

[No purchase necessary to enter, only open to US readers with a US shipping address. Please only enter by leaving a comment with a valid email address. $500 total value. Winners of the giveaway will be contacted via email once the giveaway closes and announced on this post soon after.]

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Straw Clutch

Is it too soon to be thinking about spring and summer accessories? We hope not…because this straw clutch from J.Crew caught our eye when we were browsing the new arrivals. There’s something about sweet little bags made in seasonal material that we love. Last year we found a great cork clutch at the Crew and it looks like the straw bag is this year’s find!


[ Screw You ]

Don’t let the pretty pink fool you, these Stubbs & Wooton loafers deliver a cheeky message once you look closely at the embroidered icons. While they may not be for everyone – and probably need to be on the feet of the bold – we can’t help but think the Screw You symbols are pretty funny on such a preppy, classic shoe. Pre-order yours here. And wear them well.



Toast Talk

January 26, 2015

Two weeks ago Mary invited me and a few other girls over to her house for a little night of crafts and cocktails. The purpose wasn't just an excuse to get friends together (as it normally is with us) but to write letters to soldiers who are serving overseas. After posting this Instagram shot with a few of the many, many cards we created I got emails and messages from some of of you awesome readers and followers wanting to also get involved...and I thought I'd share all the information about the project and how you can participate in the hopes that more of you are interested!


Here is the backstory: Mary’s mother Marlene Summers founded The Troops Project in 2005. She had talked to a young man just before his deployment to Iraq and it made her think of ways she could support soldiers and troops while they were away from home and loved ones. At the time, Marlene owned a gourmet chocolate chip cookie company and she thought that sending batches of the giant cookies along with thoughtful notes of encouragement would be a great way to give a “hug” to the troops. Not only did the soldiers find the cookies to be over the top delicious, but emails and letters started pouring in to Marlene thanking her for her meaningful gesture.

The Troops Project is recognized by the IRS as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit project with the goal of letting those who serve our nation know that their commitment is honored and that their unselfish sacrifice is always appreciated. Since 2005, Marlene has worked to raise funds for the cost of production and mailing and received help from others in the creation of the cards that are sent with the cookies. As you might expect, this is an enormous effort. Depending on the amount of donations that are given to the project, Marlene tries to do two of the massive mailings per year.

The first shipment for 2015 is well underway and Marlene is in need of 5,000+ cards. This goes back to Mary’s girls night…five of us gathered around construction paper, glitter, markers, and more to create cards with thoughtful messages. It was a fun activity but what made it powerful was what we were creating. Our notes all started with “Dear Solider,” “Dear Hero,” or “Dear Troops” and were followed with words of encouragements, gratitude, appreciation, and love. One of the friends at the table has an older brother who is currently enlisted and having that personal connection made it all the more real that the men and women in our armed forces are selflessly separating themselves from their families to bravely serve.

If you are interested in contributing to The Troops Project there is still time to send in letters before they are shipped! The cut off date is February 5th but the more cards Marlene has, the better (: It can be something short and sweet, a Bible verse, a quote, a child’s drawing, or anything in between. The only requirement is that you cannot include any personal contact information (for security purposes). We signed our notes with our first names. Letters can be sent to:

Grammy’s Cookie Convoy
P.O. Box 1202
Montgomery, Texas  77356

And if you can’t make the February deadline or don’t want to make cards but would still like to get involved, the project is always (always, always) in need of monetary donations that make the shipments possible. Donations can be made payable and mailed to the above information or you can make an electronic contribution by clicking the “Donate” button on The Troops Project website which will take you to this PayPal page.

Thank you in advance to any and all of you who decide to get involved! And of course, thank you to Mrs. Summers who makes all of this possible.

P.S. Mrs. Summers just let me know that if any of you would like to send a personal letter to a friend or loved one serving overseas that you can email her at … and she will include you in this upcoming shipment!!! No donation needed – she just needs an address. She also passed along the info that the majority of this upcoming shipment is headed to the one thousand troops serving with the 101st Airborne in Afghanistan.

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Sitting Pretty

Office chairs are not always cheap and the good-looking ones are notoriously expensive (great example with this guy). But then we laid eyes on this molded walnut chair. Sure it’s faux leather and not the real deal – but look how plush that seat looks! It’s sold out on Lulu & Georgia but you can find it here…can’t beat a great look for a fair price.



We’ve shared love about Anya Hindmarch’s leather stickers before (and Molly has this one on her iPhone case) but now that Net-A-Porter and Shopbop have even more of the whimsical, fun adhesives to choose from we are more into stickers than we were as grade-school girls. How great would “Yes!” look on the corner of a simple tote…or put your initials on a wallet?

Pretty Sweatshirt

January 23, 2015

Happy Friday! I've been in Houston since Wednesday visiting the McCarthy's, smothering their babies with love and Sally is flying in from San Francisco to join us tonight. It's going to be an awesome weekend because 1) Sal is having her first wedding dress fitting tomorrow and I'm probably going to pee my pants when I see her in her dress again, 2) there's going to be a backyard birthday party for the most special HarrBear who just turned one, and 3) we get to hang with our favorite peeps. I went to an intense yoga class yesterday (at Big Yoga) and can hardly move my arms today so I'm hoping that I can make it through the class on Sunday I signed up for. I haven't practiced yoga in a year+ and forgot what a workout it was!


I feel like the outfit in this post hardly needs any explaining since many of you are more than likely tired of hearing me repeat how much I love comfortable clothes. What you’re seeing here are the faux leather Spanx I wear 3-4 times a week (I’m addicted to them), a super long tee shirt, and a prettified sweatshirt. Leggings, t-shirt, sweatshirt, and sneakers – I should have felt like a total slob but it just goes to show that even the most basic, comfortable, and stretchy clothes can be upgraded casuals that look and feel good.

This new sweatshirt cardigan is probably going going to be for my upper body what my Spanx have been for my lower…a love affair and wardrobe obsession. It’s by Eileen Fisher – who does such great cuts and simple silhouettes that I love – and the quality and details are what made me splurge on it. When I was on Nordstrom’s site I realized that it was part of a capsule collection called The Fisher Project. “Bold exploration and contemporary spirit—the Fisher Project is a capsule collection that experiments with luxurious basics and dramatic proportions.” Does that not sound like a great description for the pretty sweatshirt? I like a lot of other pieces by Fisher in her regular and capsule collection and couldn’t help but link a few other favorites…

Hope you all have a great weekend!

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Spring Buds

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Beauty Dish

January 22, 2015

Being the reality tv watcher I am, it should come as no surprise that I rapidly consumed the first season of Rich Kids of Beverly Hills like it was candy. The main characters completely cracked me up with their unabashed behavior and sass (the show is about rich kids - it would be a disappointment if they weren't crazy snobs). My favorite person was and is Morgan Stewart, the blogger behind Boobs and Loubs. She's just so hilarious to me and I love how she totally owns it. Perfect example of her owning it: wearing a white face masque on television. It's not the most flattering look but the girl has great skin and seeing her rock it made me wonder, "what is that masque?!" Months after seeing it on screen she shared the source of the mask on her blog...and I obviously jumped all over it.


Apparently other fans of the show were as curious about the white mask as I was because Morgan’s blog post was titled, “Infamous Mask.” I guess people were wondering why she would wear the mask on camera because before talking about the product itself she wrote, “personally just didn’t see a point in changing who I was just  because there were four forty something year old men standing around me with cameras.” And that is why I adore this girl.

Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Masque: So. This masque is for acne prone skin, which is great for me because that’s what I’m working with. The sulfur and other ingredients work to exfoliate dead skin cells, absorb oil, purify clogged pores, and dry & clear acne and blemishes. I didn’t think twice before buying it (if it was Morgan’s secret skin trick I was all about it) and now I use it almost every day. Even though it dries acne, it doesn’t overly dry out my skin – no flakiness, no peeling, no bad side effects (at least for me!). I’ve been recommending it to all my friends who complain of blemishes and also got Sally on board with using it. I’m not brave enough to share pics of myself with it on but just trust me, it’s good stuff and I am happily addicted.

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