I think of artwork as the sprinkles on a cake. They add the special flare, the beauty, and the personality to a home.

Mmmm, now I really want cake too.:)Anyways…

As I’ve been making this little apartment of mine home, I’ve been a little gun shy to put holes in the wall. I’ve gotten around it by hanging giant engineering prints with painters tape, making glitter hexagon artwork hung with command strips, and even hanging my “Be Bold” statement with command strips.

However, when it comes to beautifully framed and heavier pieces of artwork, I’m not trusting command hooks at this point. I can just picture the artwork crashing down and shattering. Yikes!

Then I came across this hanging tool that is my new love (whether I rent or own)!. It is the Push N Hook.

Push N Hook | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

My Two Step Method in Hanging Pictures Perfectly | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

Basically it is a strong wire with a hook. All you do is:

  1. Mark where you want to place it in the wall.
  2. Use the pointed end to easily poke through the drywall.
  3. Then twist it into the drywall until only the hook is left.
  4. Hang your picture.

Amazing, right? No anchors needed!

The second tool that has come to my “I can’t afford to poke a million holes in the wall until my picture is placed correctly” rescue is the Hang and Level Picture Hanging Tool.

Hang and Level picture Hanging Tool | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

This one is so easy to use and awesome! Here’s how you use this one:

  1. Hang picture on the yellow hook.
  2. Find the perfect placement on the wall.
  3. Take picture off hook.
  4. Press button to leave a small indentation on the wall.
  5. Then use the hook above to hang the picture!

Makes it perfect – and a one hole job – every time!

My Two Step Method in Hanging Pictures Perfectly | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

I also put together a short video for you to see how easy it is to hang pictures using this two step method!

Now, let’s talk about the beauty of the artwork, ok?? I’m SO excited to find unique pieces of artwork and photography that really speak to my soul and make me so happy every time I look at them.

The one in the bathroom is an abstract sky print (at least that is what I see) from Minted. If you know me, you know I love everything blue (ok, ok and green). When I saw this print I immediately knew this was the perfect piece to go in my bathroom. Doesn’t it look awesome with the shower curtain??

My Two Step Method in Hanging Pictures Perfectly | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

My Two Step Method in Hanging Pictures Perfectly | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

My Two Step Method in Hanging Pictures Perfectly | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

Now this special beauty in the living room is a photograph by Irene Suchocki. I actually won a credit to Irene’s store in a contest on the blog Decor8. I saw this hot air balloon in Paris print and knew it would be perfect for my living room. I love the balloons, the colors, and well, Paris, of course! Perfectly perfect in every way.

My Two Step Method in Hanging Pictures Perfectly | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

My Two Step Method in Hanging Pictures Perfectly | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

My Two Step Method in Hanging Pictures Perfectly | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

My Two Step Method in Hanging Pictures Perfectly | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

I can’t tell you how many times I just stop and stare at the art/photo in my place. It really brings my apartment to the next level. Plus, it’s nice to know that when I leave I just have a small hole to patch and be on my merry way.

My Two Step Method in Hanging Pictures Perfectly | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

Also, as another little bonus I hung my Ikea mirror in the studio. It’s such a sweet and happy little corner now.

My Studio Nook | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

Oh yes, remember when I said that artwork is the equivalent to cake and sprinkles in a home? Well I just ate some cake while looking at my new artwork. Yeah, that’s a double win right there. 😉

Affiliate links are included in this post for the convenience of the reader!

Although it seems like life is a journey trying to find your one true love (thanks Disney), I’ve decided to look at it completely different.

I’ve decided that I am my own true love.

Not in a preening, egotistical, I-am-the-greatest-thing-since-sliced-bread way.

What I mean is finding that complete, whole, pure love of yourself. Maybe it’s actually more about acceptance.

Rhapsody in Rooms

Because here’s the great thing about you:

  • You will always be with you.
  • You will never breakup with yourself.
  • You will never leave yourself.
  • You will never divorce yourself.
  • You will never separate yourself.
  • You will always stick by you, even when you didn’t think that was possible.

So really, if we are our only guarantee in life, why the heck are we so hard and so hateful on ourselves? We should be treating ourselves like the kings and queens that we are! We only get one of ourselves, so it’s time to start loving ourselves.

It’s time to fall in love with ourselves. If we do this, we will always have our one true love with us forever. Guaranteed. No fear of divorce or the unknown. You will always be there for yourself.

Fall in love with yourself | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

So how do you want to be there for yourself?

Why aren’t you your biggest cheerleader? Your biggest fan? Your optimistic picker upper? Your own support system?

My goal is to completely fall in love with myself and treat myself like I do anyone else I completely and utterly love.

Rhapsody in Rooms

I forgive those I love. I look past mistakes and negative words. I help them before anything else. I don’t see all those endless things that they put down about themselves. I don’t see the blemishes on their face or the extra pounds around their middles. I see kindness, love, goodness, happiness. I listen to them. I tell them to be easier on themselves. I applaud their efforts and tell them to keep going. I praise their good work. I celebrate them big and small – for good reason or no reason.

Now all of those things – we can do that for ourselves. We can love ourselves just like we love others. Because by loving ourselves we become our better selves. Becoming better selves means that we can be even more present for all those other beings out there we love.

So pick one thing a day to fall in love with about yourself. Because you deserve to love, cherish, and protect yourself for the rest of your life. Because you are your one true love.

There is nothing like getting the delivery alert at work that tells you that your Stitch Fix is at home, waiting for you at your doorstep.

It takes everything in me to not just drop everything and fly out of the door. Work – who cares?! Megan has clothes waiting at her door step.

Not just any clothes, but Stitch Fix, personally styled for me clothes. I seriously get that excited. This time it was an even longer wait because I wouldn’t let myself skip the gym just to get home for clothes.

Just a quick recap, Stitch Fix is a personal stylist company that hand picks 5 items based on your style and size. You get assigned your own stylist, and she gets to know your style based on your Pinterest fashion board, style profile you fill out online, and feedback you leave on your previous fixes. In turn she hand picks out pieces she think will make you look – and feel – great and sends them to you along with styling advice and a personal note. Love that part so much!


This is my sixth fix, and I have to say, it might be the best one ever. Spoiler alert: I KEPT EVERYTHING! Ack! I’ve only done this once, and even then, one skirt went to my friend.

I also have something new and exciting as we reveal this box…a video. I thought it would be fun to see my reactions as I open the box. What makes it even better (sarcasm) is that I was so excited that I didn’t shower or change out of my gym clothes. I literally came into the house, set up the camera, and ripped into the box. Talk about a real life moment caught on camera. You’re welcome.

Email readers click through to view the video.

Now, let’s get into these beautifully colorful clothing items. This is really what I want my entire wardrobe to look like – fun, patterned, colorful, unique, and Meganesque.:)

41Hawthorn Astrid Tie Neck Blouse


Now you know in the video I wasn’t sure about this one, but I have to say this one has grown on me the most. It’s so comfortable and has a fun pattern that makes the more traditional look a little edgier. I think it is a little big on me so I may get it altered (meaning my super duper seamstress coworker) to take in the sides a little bit to make it a tad more fitted. I will wear it a few times before I decide on that one.

This was such an easy shirt to make into an office ensemble. Add some black pants and boom, office ready. This would also look great tucked into a high waisted skirt for some more office flare.


I also used the styling cards to try it with some distressed jeans. I probably wouldn’t have thought of this without the card. I loved this look and will continue to experiment on how to make this more weekend casual and not just for work.



Margaret M Emer High Waisted Cropped Trouser


Might as well get into the pants since I already showed them to you.:)If you caught my last Stitch Fix review you may remember I already got a pair of these pants in a fun pattern.

Margaret M Emer Printed Straight Leg Pant | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

Now I am all about the fun patterns but these just weren’t jiving with what I had in my wardrobe. However, they fit great and were such a good summer pant (which I am greatly lacking) I requested another pair and got this black pair. Yes, black can be boring but it is a staple piece; one that I was lacking for summer so this was definitely a plus for me.


I love them and am thinking about asking for another pair – maybe a fun, bold color.


Pixley Vaughn Mixed Print Top


I immediately loved this shirt! Bright blue and mixing two patterns? Well that’s right up my fashion alley! I LOVED how they styled it on the card. It definitely made me think differently about how I mix pieces in my wardrobe. I would have never, ever thought to pair this top with a brightly colored professional skirt. I didn’t have blue but I did have green. Oh my goodness, this is a crazy yet awesome outfit. Yes, yes, yes!


I also styled it with my white jeans, as suggested on the card, and I love this casual summer look. White jeans make everything better in the summer.



Collective Concepts Bethanne Sheer Detail Blouse


This is a typical Megan shirt. Blue and green with a fun pattern. No brainer here.

I took a chance, inspired by the above outfit, to make this casual shirt a little more business friendly. I like the result, but I still give it the slant eye look and wonder if it could be better. I did it tucked in and untucked to see which one I liked more. Jury’s out, but I like that I’m pushing my fashion standards.



I also paired it with white shorts as suggested by the style card. Winner, winner, of course! Love this summer look!



Fun2Fun Arlington Crew Neck Blouse


I LOVE THIS SHIRT. Sorry for yelling at you, but it just makes me that happy. I purposely shot this last so I could just keep wearing it. Wear it I did…until about 11pm that night. I love a classic black and white but with that back detail. Swoon. You just can’t find cool clothes like this around here.

Ok, check out this slamming work outfit. Amazing. Black + white + green = my jam.


Now with a dark rinse summer short, I also love it. This is the outfit that I wore that whole day. So comfortable and it also felt so stylish.




KEPT (kept kept kept!!)

Yowsers, this Stitch Fix stuff is getting good. I think part of the reason is that I was very specific in my note to my stylist. I asked for only summer clothes (they sent me three long sleeve shirts last time) that were colorful, patterned, or unique. Plus, I asked for the pants, and they delivered. So be specific as to what you want.

Oh, and I went crazy with my hair this time! I thought it would be fun to change things up and go super curly. I felt very 80s, and I kind of loved it. I think I would have totally rocked the big hair of that decade. Heck – that fashion is coming back, maybe I’ll bring back the big hair too!

Also, if you are interested in signing up for Stitch Fix, I would love if you would sign-up using my referral link.

Want to see more? Check out my other reviews!

My February 2015 Stitch Fix Review

My March 2015 Stitch Fix Review

My April 2015 Stitch Fix Review

My May 2015 Stitch Fix Review

My June 2015 Stitch Fix Review

  • So many cute clothes! I just returned to Stitch Fix for the first time post-pregnancy, which was a little scary, but the clothes were great. I couldn’t convince myself to keep everything, though I liked most all of it, so I went with just one pretty white top that is unique in my wardrobe! I agree that it’s best to be very specific. I always get what I ask for (like tops that pair well with black slacks for work).ReplyCancel

    • Thank you, Meg! I’m so excited you started getting your Stitch Fix again. You totally deserve it! It’s hard to convince yourself to keep everything but every once in a while it’s fun. I usually keep one or two items. This was such a splurge month! That’s so smart that you are that specific. I need to make sure I do that!ReplyCancel

  • You got a great box this month! I like everything that you received but I think my favorite is the Collective Concepts blouse. Your video was fun to watch and I liked to see your reaction as you pulled each item out of the box.

    Do your pants have stretch? I like them and could definitely use a pair but I really need stretch.ReplyCancel

    • I’m so glad you liked the video! Didn’t they do a great job putting together my box?! The pants are SO stretchy. I am going to ask for another pair because they look great and I sort of feel like I am wearing pajamas they are so comfortable. Definitely ask for a pair!!ReplyCancel

Ok, wait, don’t freak out. I’m not saying I need a makeover because I’m ugly, overweight, a fashion disaster, or completely and utterly broken. This makeover is more like a make-up I think.

Clear as mud, right?

Let me break it down a little bit more as to what I mean.

As you may know, back in September 2014 my ex and I went on a trip to Hawaii (here and here) that I fondly (cough, sarcasm, cough) refer to as the divorce trip. From that point on I began my divorce journey, which to me has been all about figuring out exactly who Megan is and what she wants to give and get out of life.

This is the part where you find out who you are | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com


It’s been the hardest, most painful part of my life. I literally feel like I have been a walking, bleeding heart at times. You’re welcome for that imagery. Sometimes, it made me physically ill. For some reason it hits me right in the stomach. It hurts, and I can’t eat anything. Thankfully, it has given me the side effect of feeling the skinniest of my life during this point (nice when you feel emotionally broken), but it’s also not good to literally not be able to stomach more than a bite or two of food at meal times.

It all came to a head recently. I felt healed, invigorated, free, and ready to get back out there. So I did. I entered the online dating world (if you have too, I HIGHLY recommend reading Aziz Ansari’ss book Modern Romance {affiliate link}. SO much perspective).

I chatted with a bunch of guys and met up with a few in person: some boring, some entertaining, some dimwits, some who never wanted to meet you in person (obviously those weren’t the ones I met up with), some normal-I really-should-want-to-date-you-but-the-chemistry-isn’t-there, and one extraordinary.

Well, Mr. Extraordinary, was just that, but he was the “right thing at the wrong time is the wrong thing”. Mr. Extraordinary knew that and we were done (in the nicest, most kind way ever).

That’s when all the pain of my life descended on to me at once. The pain of every boy who hadn’t liked me back, the pain of falling in love with my best friend at the age of 17 and then completely removing him from my life a decade later, and the pain of my first break-up after my divorce.

Rock Bottom Became the Solid Foundation on which I Rebuilt My Life | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com


[Sidenote: After some research apparently it’s common to have the world fall apart after your first post-divorce breakup as shown in this article with its followupplus #6 on this article, with lots of other Google backup out there. Warning, those first two articles are rated PG-13.]

So yes, literally all the pain.

I took a good painful week on top of a painful long holiday weekend (on the irony of Independence Day this year), to let myself feel the pain. I felt it, recognized it, tried to accept it, prayed about it, cried about it, obsessed over it, and made myself understand and feel alone. I was alone.

Yes, I have amazing friends and family, but I was alone. Alone. Alone. Alone.

That’s when I realized it was okay to be alone.

She Was Stronger Alone | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com


I thought I had gotten there, but apparently not. The metaphor I’ve been using is that I had (figurative) broken bones from my marriage/divorce that had healed, but maybe not perfectly straight. I wanted to be okay and perfectly healed, but there was still a limp when I walked on these broken bones.

So I decided to break those old bones again and heal them correctly. Ouch times a million.

It’s not easy, but it’s for the best. I’m not one that likes to draw the hard times out. I like to plow into them headfirst and make it hurt as much as possible so I can get through. I’m ready for the healing. I’m ready to do it all completely. I want to do this right, because that’s the only way to let yourself live.

This point of this post is not to publicly proclaim the ouchie moments of my life over the past yearish (well, maybe it is a little?). It’s to share my struggle with you (you know, in case you’re having a hard time too, please know you aren’t alone) but also the decisions that I am making that may possibly help you through your hard time. Although I am going through a divorce, you may be going through something else that is causing you extreme grief, mourning, and pain. No matter what gets us into these painful situations, we are all dealing with them and trying to overcome them. So this is how I am working to overcome them:

My Soul, Body, and Community Three Step Healing Program

Step One: My Soul

I joined a DivorceCare program (through a church, but it’s not one I attend). This is a nationwide program that is Christian based but is not religion affiliated. It is a 13 week program that you attend two hours every week. You have videos, workbooks, and conversations, all while thinking and healing about your divorce spiritually. I’ve read lots of things about it online and it seems like this would help anyone from the recently separated to the I-got-divorced-10-years-ago. Some people even take it a few times.

Divorce Care | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

I am all about turning to places to help. I loved marriage counseling and it’s something I plan to continue when I meet that someone special. I think it’s so helpful to have that outside opinion. Plus, I think this group will give me a great support system of people who get it. They are my people, so heck yeah, let’s grow together! It starts August 19th, and I wish it started sooner. I am so excited about this it’s kind of amusing.

I expect to learn a lot about just being a better, whole person, so I’ll probably share some of what I learn here later, because that stuff is just helpful for everyone.

Step Two: My Body

I hope this doesn’t come off vain. It’s no secret that I like a healthy, active lifestyle. I’m a vegetarian who likes to exercise. I like how it makes me feel and oh my goodness, there is nothing like running out stress. I’ve shared my at home workouts before, but now I’ve decided to take it to the gym.

For me exercise is more than just physical - its therapeutic | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com


I’ve decided to join a gym for two reasons:

1. More options! I want all the equipment available and places to jump around. I do not have this at my apartment. Nor do I like to jump around a lot since I have people living under me. I’ve also decided to do a 12 week weight lifting program that I’m super excited about! Three weeks in and loving it!! #gettingstrongnow

2. It’s out of the apartment. I need to get out. I love my family and friends but most are long distance or have extremely wonderful, busy lives that make me so happy for them. However, I live in a small town without any single friends. I need to get out. Also, any single friends in Lynchburg? Let’s hang out.

Step Three: My Community

I’ve blah, blah, blahhed about me this entire post. Yes, you have to take the moat out of your own eye before you can help another (or put your oxygen mask on before you help others), but if you just remove your own moat or put on your own oxygen mask, you’re missing an important element.

I think it is extremely easy to become selfish after a divorce. It’s important to do that a little. This really is the time of Megan, a time to fix myself, figure out myself, and live for myself. But I can’t stop thinking of others either. I need to get out and help the community.

Great thing sare brought about and burdens are lightened through efforst of many hands | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com


I’ve applied to be a dog walker and cat socializer at the Lynchburg Humane Society. Partly this is selfish because I want a dog SO BADLY. I may just want the company and running buddy, but I want one. I can’t have one at my apartment so instead I will love lots of the dogs and cats without homes (yet).

That’s my first small step, and I hope it isn’t my last. I want to start somewhere, but I also hope to be able to expand this one. I am also thinking about volunteering at the Daily Bread and Habitat for Humanity as well. Any other volunteers suggestions you may have?

So there it is, all the raw pain of my life and my three step healing program. I hope that perhaps this will help you in some way, if you need it. That’s my reason for sharing. Heck, that’s the reason for this blog. I just want to get out there and perhaps touch peoples’ lives around the world.

So this one is for you. Also, thank you for letting me put this out there because this one’s also for me. This writing and sharing thing is also so very healing for me too.

Sending all my love out to the world.



PS – This is the first of a new thread of dialogue on my blog. If it resonated with you and you feel someone else may find it helpful, please use the share buttons below to help spread the word.

  • Cait

    <3 you, friend!ReplyCancel

  • i am just really proud of you. that’s all. :)ReplyCancel

    • That’s all?? No, no, that’s huge! Making my heart swell here. Thank you, friend! :)ReplyCancel

  • I love the new personal feature of your post! We realize now that this platform called blogging is one where we can touch a bunch more people with just being ourselves and sharing our life lessons. I think you’ve just inspired me to be a little more personal and maybe expand outside of the DIY niche. Thanks! And sooo glad to here that you’re fighting back for your life and happiness!

    P.S. I’m a vegetarian, too! 15 years now! :)


    • Thank you so much, Serena! I completely agree with you about being ourselves and using blogging to help others more. If we aren’t putting ourselves out there to give back, what’s really the point? At least that is how I feel now.

      I didn’t know you were a vegetarian either! That’s awesome!ReplyCancel

  • You are forging a hard path but sound stronger for it. You should feel proud!ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Karah. It definitely isn’t easy, but that’s when we make the biggest strides in our life, right?ReplyCancel

  • You are such an inspiration Megan!ReplyCancel

  • You are such a hero. I love this post, and I am so happy to know someone so strong, and so honest. You are getting there, right?! I’m sure it’s insanely hard, but I will tell you what…everyone who meets you sees this happy, bright, contagious energy…and that cannot be faked. It’s who you are DESPITE the grief and despite the loss and despite the hard. I wish you a lot of peace, and a TON of love. You are SO deserving.ReplyCancel

    • Heather, there are no words. I might be tearing up over here a little bit. Thank you SO much for your words and encouragement. You are the best. I also love what you said, “It’s who you are DESPITE the grief and despite the loss and despite the truth.” Whoa. I’m going to think on that one for a while. That’s incredibly helpful. Thank YOU!!ReplyCancel

  • You have gone through so much this past year. I just know that your posts are going to help someone who is also going through the same thing.

    As I was reading, I couldn’t help but sing this in my head:
    ‘Cause it makes me that much stronger
    Makes me work a little bit harder
    It makes me that much wiser
    So thanks for making me a fighter
    Made me learn a little bit faster
    Made my skin a little bit thicker
    Makes me that much smarter
    So thanks for making me a fighterReplyCancel

    • I love that you quoted Kelly Clarkson, because she is basically my hero in life. So very appropriate! :) Invincible is my new favorite song of hers. Thank you for being such a great friend and your kind words!!ReplyCancel

  • Your post made me cry a little bit. It’s nice that you’re willing to share something so painful happening in your personal life. You will be surprised how many people need the comfort. It’s also nice to see how you are healing with healthy choices. Best of luck to you Megan!ReplyCancel

    • Lindee — thank you so much for your comment. It means a lot to me. I am definitely sharing it to help comfort and help other people. I have found so much comfort through other people sharing their painful journeys and experiences online that I just felt I had to share mine with the hopes that maybe I would help someone else too. Missed seeing you at Haven this year and have loved seeing your wonderful successes on Daytime! :)ReplyCancel

  • Cait

    Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that’s Christina Aguilera. Haha! Still love you though!ReplyCancel

    • Oh no! Pop star fail!! Still love Christina though. Thanks for keeping our pop star references correct Cait. I always know I can count on you. :)ReplyCancel

  • colleen

    Really appreciate you sharing your heart Megan. Enjoy reading your posts!ReplyCancel

Time to buckle in, because it’s about to get real.

I’m talking real life, real. With all the pain, messiness, heartbreak, happiness, healing, and inspiration.


You may have noticed that I have let my blog expand and explore pretty much all the avenues of life. I have fun sharing posts with you about my home décor and DIY projects, my travels, new recipes, and recently – fashion.

Since this is my happy place in the online world, I thought I would expand it and talk a little bit more about the messiness and emotional side of life.

Basically, I’m letting my heart lead this blog. I love sharing all the fun projects, food, fashion, and travels, but my heart has been on another journey this past year.

The journey of having your life completely change by going through a divorce, starting over on my own, dealing with heartbreak, starting dating, and looking at the world in a completely different light.

I have, and continue to, learn so much from all these events. I have grown in ways that I never even imagined in my life. It makes me so grateful for all the twists and turns life has thrown me because it has made me stronger, better, more resilient.

Even if you aren’t going through a divorce, or if you are (bless you, I feel your pain) the things I am learning I feel could be so helpful to many of you out there, no matter what circumstances life is throwing your way.

My Entire Life cane described in one sentence; it didn

Throughout my struggle I have turned to various blogs and articles online and found so much inspiration and healing – or just someone who gets it and feels my pain.

That has helped me SO MUCH, and I thought that if I could do that for someone else too, then all the pain would be worth it.

Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations | www.rhapsodyinrooms.com

I’m looking at trying out a new schedule: Tuesdays will be my home/fashion/food/travel time to post and Thursdays will be my life posts. Some weeks will have both, some weeks will have one, some weeks may have none (I’ll try to avoid this one though).

I thought having this schedule may help those of you who aren’t as interested in the life stuff and want just the other fun stuff. We will see how it goes. But let me tell you, I am SO excited to share all the meaty life lessons that I have been learning, and I really hope you like them too!