Friday, December 6, 2019

Sew Cute Holiday: Prime Gift Guide

Amazon is a great resource for gifts! I mean who doesn't love free 1 day shipping? Where are all of my last minute shoppers at because Amazon is probably going to be a huge help for you! You can pretty much buy anything on Amazon now so it can be your non-stop resource for all of your holiday shopping. 

Today, I've pulled together some fun gifts that are all available on Amazon Prime. These are all pretty random I have to say. But, I think any of them would make great gifts! I mean an avocado blanket, pineapple shaped diffuser, or a fun tech gift? You can get any type of person checked off your list with a little Amazon shopping. The best part is most of these gifts are under $100 so they are budget friendly as well. 

Will you be doing any holiday shopping on Amazon? Let me know in the comments! 

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Coat Guide: Surviving the Midwest Winter

Whenever I travel people always ask where I am from. When I say Chicago 75% of the time they say how could you live there?? It's so cold! Well my answer is I honestly don't know anything else. I've lived in the Chicago suburbs my entire life then went to college in Iowa which is the same climate. It's all about what you know I guess! Since I've lived here for quite some time I've gotten the hang of surviving the cold winters, well as best as one can. Today, I'm going over some of my go-to coats of the season and some cold weather accessories that are essential to living in the Midwest! 

Whether you already live in the Midwest, planning a visit, or moving to the area I hope you can find some cold weather pieces to help you survive the season... 

WATERPROOF JACKET | A heavy waterproof jacket is a must in the Midwest. This Bute jacket is my all time favorite jacket! It is stylish, warm, and waterproof. With a faux vest, good pockets, and a fun hood this jacket is a winner. Normally I wear this jacket into negative degrees. That is when I'll pull out my parka. But, this jacket lasts me a good chunk of the winter season!

PUFFER | I love a good puffer coat. Thanks to working for an outerwear based company I have many. Honestly Barbour puffer coats are underrated! This maroon style (pictured above) has been my favorite this season. It's super cute and has a little bit of style to it. Plus it is super comfy, it feels like I am wrapped up in a sleeping bag. Which, I think is what everyone wants to be honest. 

PARKA | At a certain point in the winter everyone from the Midwest pulls out their black parka and calls it quits. Honestly when it feels like -60 you have to wear something heavy duty. I opt for my black North Face parka I have had since college. They are an investment but they really hold up! Plus they are usually waterproof which helps protect you from any snow, freezing rain, hail, you name it! 

WAX JACKET | Barbour wax jackets are a great piece to have during the early winter months. You can add a zip in liner to add extra warmth or layer with a sweater. The wax fabric acts as a natural tech fabric that blocks the wind. Which if you've ever met someone from the Midwest they have probably said, "It wouldn't be bad without the wind!". A wax jacket helps with that. 

CHUNKY SCARF | There is nothing better then wrapping yourself up in a chunky fuzzy scarf. I've linked a few of my favorites at the bottom of this post. Being from the Midwest I have quite the extensive scarf collection, but I love a good boucle scarf. You can wear them as a wrap or with your coat. 

MITTENS | I picked up these super cute faux fur mittens on a trip to Minneapolis this fall! I am so pumped to wear them this winter. I love a cute pair of mittens to survive the cold. These are especially great because you can roll them down to text or use your fingers if needed. If I'm not wearing mittens I am honestly wearing $5 mittens from Target. No shame! Anything will do the trick as long as your hands are covered.  

BEAN BOOTS | I wear my Bean Boots all fall and winter. They are great for when the ground is wet or snowy. Plus they are a little more stylish than your average snow boot. Sorel boots are also known to be great in the snow! I'm still trying to pick out what pair I want to test out this winter so stay tuned. 

UGGS | As basic as Uggs are they are honestly an essential in the Midwest. No shame! I wear my Uggs during the winter to run errands or go for a casual meal. Or honestly when I am just cold. If you have an Ugg outlet near you be sure to check it out for good deals! Nordstrom Rack has always had some good Ugg deals this season. 

There you have it! Those are my winter essentials to survive the Midwest winter. From coats to cold weather accessories these are all my go-to items to survive Chicago. 

Monday, December 2, 2019

Sew Cute Holiday: Cyber Monday Deals

KENDRA SCOTT | 25% off everything plus select styles only $30. 

LILLY PULITZER | Get $20 off for every $100 you spend. They never do sales like this!!

MIRANDA FRYE | 20% off everything with the code MFCM19. 

T3 MICRO | Get an extra 25% off site wide and select tools already marked down. 

PACKED PARTY | Up to 80% off the entire site! No code needed, prices as marked. 

COLE HAAN | Up to 60% off plus an extra 10% off. Most of my shoes are Cole Haan and they are a go-to for me. 

JADELYNN BROOKE | My go to preppy tee brand is having 25% off site wide with the code CYBER19. They have some great Christmas tees! 

NORDSTROM | Tons of items marked down, so take advantage to get all of your holiday shopping done. 

KELLY WYNNE | My favorite clear stadium bag brand is having a sale! Up to 50% off sale items plus 25% off everything else. This bag is super similar to the bag I wore to the Jonas Brothers Concert. 

J CREW | Everything is still 50% off over at J. Crew. Use the code MONDAY at checkout. 

J CREW FACTORY | 60% off everything plus an extra 10% off!! 

What Cyber Monday deals are you shopping? I've also linked a few of my favorite picks below! 

Sew Cute Holiday: Christmas Pajamas

Getting cozy is the best time of the day, especially during the holidays. I love some comfy pajama bottoms and matching sets! So today I rounded up a ton of cute pajamas that would be perfect for Christmas morning or for the holiday season in general! I've seen some really great pajamas so far this season. From Target's matching family sets to cozy options at Aerie tis the season to get cozy! 

What is your favorite place to get cozy pajamas? Let me know in the comments! 

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Sew Cute Travels: Dagne Dover Landon Carryall Review

I've been meaning to do this post for so long but, now seems like the perfect time because my go-to travel duffle from Dagne Dover is on sale! That's right this week all of Dagne Dover is 20% off. This is a great deal as these don't go on sale all that often. 

But, now for my review.... guys this bag is awesome! I've been searching for a great duffle bag for travel for some time. For the past few months I've been using this Landon Carryall and I am obsessed. It has everything I was looking for in a travel duffle. First off, it is light weight to begin with. The idea of a cool designer leather duffle sounds like a good idea. For petite gals like myself I just can't carry a heavy duffle plus all of my stuff! It's just too much. This duffle is lightweight to begin with so even when I have it stuffed to the brim it is still manageable. Another great feature is that it fits under the seat on an airplane. I have taken it on both Southwest and small (I mean small) Delta flights and it has fit fine on both airlines! This was huge for me because I now bring this duffle + my Away bigger carryon and it is the perfect system. You can get smaller sizes but I think the large is the best size. 

Here is what I normally fit into the bag: One or sometimes two 13inch laptops, DSLR camera, a pair of shoes (or two sometimes), 3-4 Stoney Clover Lane mini pouches, snacks, wallet, sunglasses, and other small essentials. 

I'm telling you now this bag holds everything! On each side it has a shoe compartment so you can easily store two pairs of shoes. Or you can slip a water bottle into one of these compartments. It has a little detachable bag for dirty clothes. I keep extra underwear in here in case I ever get stranded without my luggage. A laptop sleeve that can hold a 13inch laptop. When I want my work and personal computer I fit both of them in this compartment. I will say if you stuff it to the brim it may not fit under the seat. But, I've stuffed it pretty full and have still been able to shove it down there! 

When it comes to durability the bag has held up great, even it being a lighter color. It hasn't torn or shown any huge signs of wear. Might I add I use this bag on pretty much every trip I go on. So, it's probably been on 30+ flights/ trips this year alone. It really is a great bag. Dagne Dover bags are made of neoprene which I think scares some people. So far I haven't had any issues with it though!

Now the bags come with a sleeve which you can slide onto your suitcase handle. This is HUGE! Mine doesn't have that which I am sad about. But, if you end up with an older model I just loop the handles of the bag onto the suitcase handle and it does the trick. Now the duffles come with that feature and it is a game changer. I actually just ordered the backpack that has this feature so I am excited about trying it out. 

Honestly, I cannot say enough good things about this bag. I purchased this bag on sale a while back and I'm so glad I did. Could not recommend it enough for anyone looking for a great ravel bag or weekender bag. It holds so much, is stylish, and is durable. 

Hopefully if you were on the fence about purchasing a Dagne Dover duffle this has helped you in your decision making process! Or maybe it exposed you to a great new travel bag to try. This system I have found really works for me and hopefully it inspired you to try it out! 

Dagne Dover's sale runs through December 4th! Nordstrom is price matching as well so you can shop on either site to get the discount. 

What is your go-to travel bag? Let me know in the comments below! 

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from Sew Cute Style! I hope you have a fun filled day celebrating with family and friends. Personally, I am more of a Christmas food person. But, I will enjoy some turkey and the special french silk pie I bought for myself since I don't eat pumpkin.... In honor of Thanksgiving I wanted to share this fun Friends tee. Sadly it's sold out but I've linked similar options + if you have a Typo store near you may they still have it in stock! Plus my slippers and leggings are on sale so I also shared those. 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Sew Cute Holiday: Nordstrom Black Friday Sale Picks

Recently my go-to shopping destination has been Nordstrom. That's what happens when you open up a Nordstrom credit card I guess! This year they are doing a great Black Friday/ Cyber Monday sale. Usually they don't run any promotions so this is huge. Below I've listed some of my favorite items I've found on sale. The sale features Tory Burch on sale, which I know you all love! They are actually price matching Tory Burch's sale on their website which is a major perk of shopping on Nordstrom. You can take advantage of other store's sales but still earn Nordstrom rewards #score. There are a few other great finds as well! 

My go to pair of leggings | Zella Live in High Waist Leggings
Tory Burch bag similar to the Anniversary Sale styleChelsea Leather Bag
My favorite ballet flats in a fun gold shade Tory Burch Minnie Flats
This gorgeous bow dress that is just like my favorite bow blouse, 40% off!!Bow Dress
Spanx leather leggings on sale, need I say more?Spanx Leather Leggings
My go-to fuzzy blanket on sale for under $30 Bliss Plush Throw 

Are you shopping the Nordstrom Black Friday sale? Let me know your favorite sale picks in the comments!