georgina bag giveaway!

Isn't this bag awesome?! One of you lucky ladies will be the winner of this special Oufi bag! It's so perfect for fall and I couldn't resist giving it a test run!
tank and skirt Urban, belt J.Crew, shoes Michael Kors, purse Oufi

This bag is such a great statement piece and it instantly makes me feel a little more rock and roll! I love the heavy fringe so much!

To Enter:
1). Must be a follower of M Loves M and Oufi
2). Visit the Oufi website and comment back with the bag you love the most

For extra entries
3). Blog/tweet for extra entries!
4). Become a Facebook fan of M Loves M and Oufi
{please leave separate comments since it makes it a little easier on me!}

I'll be picking the winner next Friday, October 8th! Good luck!

as if it were the last time

weheartit + lovetrains

Andrea and Angel

We love you guys and cant wait till we see you again.. You guys are truely family the boys miss you and cant wait till next time love the Armenta's

4 wheeler time

On our way back home from our little getaway last week I stopped at my uncles house in Blythe Ca. To my surprise he told me to take this sweet little four wheeler home. My cousin billy got it for christmas back in 1985 a yamaha 110. I can remember many summers ridin this little beast around the desert. Now my boys have it and she runs like a dream. Me and jonas cleaned the carb put fresh gas a and a new plug and we were off ridin till the sun went down tonight. I had to pry the boys off of it Jonas loves ridin top speed jumping speed bumps I cant imagine all the trouble they will cause on this little beast.

Wild Angels

came accross this sweet pic a color still from wild angels

wedding wednesday: venues

woo hoo welcome to the first Wedding Wednesday !
{don't say I'm not original!}
So first things first Matthew and I haven't set an exact date but we're thinking about getting married a year from now- so next September or October. That's a lot of time but since I know many venues book a year in advance I figured that would be the first task to tackle. Let me just say that venues are crazy to charge as much as they do for a site fee! Just to use the property, places charge upwards of $12,000! Insane, right? Matthew and I are definitely looking for places 75% less than that which has been quite the challenge. Growing up in Los Angeles, and Matthew in San Diego, {both having spent significant time in Northern California}, we've decided on a California wedding. haha I know that doesn't really narrow it done though since this is quite a big state but at least it's something!

I am totally smitten with barn and ranch style venues so that has been our main focus right now. Here are some pictures of the gorgeous Santa Margarita Ranch, photographed by Cameron Ingalls, and featured on Green Wedding Shoes.

sigh I think it's so pretty! Unfortunately the site fee is still a little high for us. We've been looking for a place like this in the Los Angeles area but we don't really have land like this! Have any of you seen {or been} to some beautiful barn weddings or have a recommendation of where to look? Any California tips would be great!

my feelings won't change


The message i sent to my lover when he ended things telling me he all of a sudden had no time for or relationship...

There's so much left unsaid that It's got to a point where I'm a mess. I can't keep trying.

I won't lie; I still hope you'll call & probably won't move on properly till you do.
I'm confused that you were just going to leave it though you know what I'm feeling.
Being openly emotional isn't something I do so you know I'm really trying.

We've both had unsuccessful relationships & it kills that you won't give us a chance.
I just wanted to be there for you. No drama, just me & you.
Despite what you have going on I'd support you not stress you. You say your life has a schedule,
I could've worked with that; all I wanted was your time, however much or little.
I need you to know that I would've been different. No lies, control, cheating or games.

Think of the time we spent together. You know we'd have been good for each other.
You made me feel things I'd never felt before then took it away as if it was nothing.
As if I was nothing. No explanation. Imagine how that feels.

I don't know if it's because of what happened or because you truly don't want someone right
now but you will soon enough, we all do, & I'm here. Still wanting you just the way we were.
If you felt everything you said you did you could balance it. But I can't force that.
You have your reasons. I just wish you didn't.

You mean so much to me & you can't tell giving up on us makes you happy.
I meant it when I said I loved you.
We had something. Maybe it's over. Maybe you need time.
Either way my feelings won't change.


Love, Illustrated

Today Matthew and I were featured in Melissa's new feature called Love, Illustrated. The artist Jaymie did such a great job! I love how she included all these little details about us. You can check it out here!

I'll be posting later about my frustrating venue searches in my first "Wedding Wednesday" post! eek

5 years ago..

I spent today showing my German friend Kathi {pronounced Kat-e} around Los Angeles! Her mom is longtime friends with my mom and for my high school graduation her family gave me the best present of asking me to come to Germany and Spain to spend a month with them. Kathi and I became good friends and when I was looking through these old photos of us I knew I had to share! Germany was so beautiful, as was Spain. I can't believe it's been 5 years since I was there..I'm dying to go back!

we got matching t-shirts!

Mallorca, Spain

Mallorca, Spain

Mallorca, Spain

the gorgeous house we stayed at

Gaudi architecture in Barcelona

I thought it was exciting to be an 18 year old drinking wine!


the view from my room in Berlin

I look younger right?? haha It's funny looking back at old pictures. This was the summer before college and an opportunity of a lifetime..especially since I never studied abroad! Spending time with Kathi today brought up so many old memories. I remembered German phrases she taught me, the bands and TV shows we were talking about {Blue and The O.C.}, the Bulvarian ice hockey player she was crushing on, and all the amazing food we ate! I probably gained the freshman 15 before I started my freshman year with all the yummy things we ate. Hopefully I can go back and visit them soon!

until you found me


For Mum


How many times have I betrayed you? There are betrayals in battle that are infinitesimal compared to my betrayals of you.
I pushed off, away, and against. What was not broken, I destroyed. What you did not care to know, I found out.

You let me. Other times you didn’t let me go easily and I would fight. Sometimes I would get so angry I wouldn’t be able to remember what I said. Then I would leave. Sometimes I wouldn’t come back.

One time, I left and got really lost, in more ways than one. I couldn’t get out of bed. I stayed there in the dark for days. Was it the third day that you opened my door and sat down on my bed? I couldn’t get the words out from inside (I’m lost).

I filled the aching void with tears instead. You cried too.

Get up, you said softly, tears running down your cheeks and wetting my hands. This isn’t you. It’s time to get up.

You didn’t open the window, and you closed the door when you left a minute later.
I lay there, in the darkness. All my darkness.

I was lost, too close to that precipice.

I came upstairs a few hours later, still lost. I think you knew that.

That day you came down into my room, I realized that down in my room, the only one who remembered me was you. That was the year I didn’t know my own reflection in a mirror. That was the year only you found what I had lost.

I remember the day the fog lifted. I was back. I was also almost eight thousand miles away, living in an ancient English castle. I had fled there to find myself, and when I did I realized you’d never once lost me. You were just waiting until I found what you’d known all along. Thank you for waiting, for guarding, for keeping.

I quit running to the unknown after that day. The problem with running towards the void is that it’s incredibly likely you’ll get consumed by all of the uncertainty of the unknown.
I realize that now.

It’s your birthday today. I sat down intending to write something that could somehow express just how much I love you. Instead, I ended up overwhelmed by just how much you love me.

This is the first part of what I know.
Love is a species of flame.

And although all the rest of what I do not know cries out to me (and I must go and know it) I need you to understand—you are my North star. My touchstone. The origin from which I run.

Ultimately, I am always journeying back to you.

look book: sausalito

While Matthew and I were in San Francisco we went to Sausalito for the afternoon. Sausalito is such a cute little town across the Golden Gate Bridge. It was a cloudy and overcast day but it was beautiful seeing San Francisco right across the water. I wore these adorable shorts from Style by Marina that have these awesome side pockets that I could hide things in!

top Urban Outfitters, shorts Style by Marina, belt vintage, necklace Elephantine, shoes Jeffrey Campbell, jacket

How was your weekend? It's slightly sad to say and admit but 90% of mine was spent in front of a computer screen..and I wasn't blogging {ugh}!! Searching for an affordable venue for next year has been soo time consuming..and frustrating! But more about on Wednesday. Hopefully things will be making more sense by then. Crossing my fingers.

And before I forget. The winner of the tminx Zodiac t-shirt is Felicity! Congrats girl! {Email me your info!} Stay tuned for another fun giveaway later this week!
P.S. Does anyone understand the new editor on Blogger? I'm having the hardest time adjusting my pictures. The Extra Large is too big and the Large is too small. eek any advice/tips would be SO appreciated!