Monday, August 20, 2018

Dose of Disney: Dapper Day 2018


It's been months since Dapper Day but better late then ever to share my Boo from Monster's Inc Disneybound for spring Dapper Day 2018! 


If you don't know, Dapper Day is a day dedicated to dressing up, usually vintage inspired, at the parks. During spring Dapper Day I found so many park goers dressed to the nines in gorgeous dresses, pill box hats, and more! With much delight I was living my best life. 


I chose Boo because Monsters Inc. is my favorite movie and she is just so darn adorable. And I like to think I resemble her in some ways. Making this outfit was super easy. I already had the pink dress from a Lauren James sale, which cost me all of $15. Then I already had the purple little lace socks, Keds, and Boo pin. Only thing left was my purple fascinator, which I found on Amazon for all of $10. Then bam, my Dapper Day look was made. 


Most people spend hundreds of dollars creating their Dapper Day look. Mine proves you can look in your closet and find pieces that will probably work with just about any Disneybound idea you have! Add a few accessories here and there and your look is complete. 

 



The Hub Grass was crawling with people dressed in Dapper Day fare, there was even a fun vintage photo op with a Main Street fire truck. I wandered around all around the park taking photos in my perfectly dapper look. 




My little Sulley bag is from Tokyo Disney. This little guy was the perfect cherry on top for my look. It may be little but this purse is way to cute not to bust out. 


Tomorrowland was the perfect backdrop for this look. If only we were in DCA and had the perfect Boo door wall. *sigh* Monsters Inc is seriously underrepresented in the parks and I'm so sad about it. The Laugh Floor just isn't enough people! Well, maybe some day I'll get to Disneyland and see all the Pixar appreciation going on. 






From purple wall old and new I did it all in this look. I found this fun little galactic style wall in Tomorrowland. Why have I never taken photos here before? I'm kind of digging it. 





Cruising on by Tomorrowland Speedway like..... I never rode this ride but my brother loved it as a kid. I'm super excited for when this gets turned into Tron. I'm all about the rollercoasters! 








Where it's from: 
Dress: Lauren James 
Pin: Disney Parks (super old) 
Shoes: Keds 
Sully bag: Tokyo Disney via Ballpensandetc on Instagram 
Fascinator: Amazon  (under $10!)
Socks: Topshop


What is your dream Dapper Day look? Let me know in the comments! 
XOXO 
Miranda 

Friday, August 17, 2018

Sew Cute in Chicago vol. 3

Happy Friday friends! Welcome to another edition of Sew Cute in Chicago. Keep reading to see what new food and restaruants I've been trying..... 


Ina Mae Tavern | The new kid on the block is Ina Mae Tavern. This new New Orleans inspired eatery is maybe my new favorite Wicker Park place. For a starter we got the corn fritters, we wanted the seafood mac & cheese but they were sold out for the night. Then for dinner I got the fried chicken that was coated in honey paired with a warm biscuit. My wannabe southern girl was singing inside of me during this meal. We finished it off with the chocolate cake dessert. Next time I'm going for the beignets! This place is the cutest little date night spot and has a cool drink menu. 
1415 N Wood St, Chicago, IL 60622



Mario's Italian Lemonade | This past weekend we took a trip to Taylor St. near my boyfriends work to check out this famous Italian ice joint. We tried watermelon and lime and they were so very refreshing! Watermelon was a seasonal flavor along with honeydew and more. This place is nestled in a super cute area of Little Italy that I for sure want to go and explore more. Stay tuned.... 
1066 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607


Parson's Chicken & Fish | This hip place in Logan Square is a chicken heaven. Fried chicken and fish graces the menu and it did not disappoint. I opted for the fried chicken sandwich which was topped with cheese, coleslaw, and pickles. It was very tasty. Plus the house made chips were great too!
2952 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Old places but trying new things... 

Goddess & the Baker | My go-to coffee spot in the loop area is Goddess & the Baker. It is right near Macy's State Street, where I go for work some times, so I always stop in for a drink and to do some computer work. I've always gotten hot lattes but this time I got an iced latte. It was sooooooo good! Best iced latte ever. I don't know why people go to Starbucks when there are so many great local coffee spots in the city. It even came with a cute lil pastry thing which was very tasty as well. 10/10 recommend Goddess & the Baker over Starbucks any day!
Legacy Tower, S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60603


The Hampton Social | I took some of my co-workers to The Hampton Social after we were working our trade show at the Merchandise Mart. It is just minutes away so it made for the perfect spot! We tried the King Crab dip which was amazing! Then we got some of my old favorites like the fried calamari and I opted for the lobster roll prepared with butter. Although this is thought of as the basic betch place of Chicago it really does have great food. Don't knock it till you try it people.  

Bub City | Again, another one of my favorite places in River North Bub City. I went with co-workers after trade show set up and we got the BBQ nachos to start which were amazing. Then I got the brisket which was just so tender and delicious it was amazing, per usual. I cannot recommend Bub City enough! Fun atmosphere and good food. 

Maple & Ash | Our team at work took our client to Maple & Ash for dinner and it was incredible as always. We ordered I kid you not 11 side dishes everything from mac & cheese to veggies. Naturally I skipped the veggies. As Ron Swanson would say, "Would you like a salad" "Since I am not a rabbit no I do not". The mac & cheese rocked my world though. Holy yum! Then the whipped potatoes were equally as dreamy. Then my steak was great as usual. If you are looking for a splurge dinner this place takes the cake for me! 

What places should I try next? Let me know in the comments! 
XOXO 
Miranda 

Friday, August 10, 2018

What I'm Currently Watching


Today, I'm sharing some things I've been watching and seeing this summer..... 

Netflix 

Jane the Virgin | I've been in a Netflix rut, aka me re-watching the same 5 shows over and over again. My boyfriend and I started Jane the Virgin and I have to say I am into it. The story is funny and ironic and overall a good easy show to watch and enjoy! We're still on season 1, so we'll see how it goes from here.

The Office | I'm rewatching The Office because I have no self control. No explanation necessary, right?

Parks and Recreation | I also was re-watching Parks & Rec this summer because it's just amazing. Also preppy for the new craft show coming to NBS with none other then Ron Swanson.

Baby Ballroom | I started watching this show on my plane ride home from a work trip and I'm kind of obsessed. Little British kids who can cha cha and waltz, sign me up. Low key putting my kids in ballroom if they dance so it's basically a glimpse into my future. 

Movies 

Tag | Recently, my boyfriend and I invested in a MoviePass, which for $10 a month gets you into movies in select movie theaters! I have to say this card is such a steal if you live in a city like Chicago. We break even just after seeing one movie per month. One of our recent movies was Tag. The commercials made this look like an awesome comedy! I would say it was good, but not awesome. It had an amazing cast, some of my favorites actually. But, it was kind of slow moving and the main plot line is them trying to get one guy in a game of tag. Funny, but nothing crazy. I would wait to get it on Redbox if you haven't seen it! 

Oceans 8 | Another movie I was really excited about was Oceans 8. First off, holy cast list! So many amazing women in this movie. Anne Hathaway and Sandra Bullock are my girllllls let me tell you. Any-who, if you love Vogue, the Met Gala, and jewels you will love this movie. If you are looking for a true action movie, this ain't it. This movie is surprisingly more of a chick flick. I personally enjoyed it because I have knowledge on the Met Gala, Vogue, etc. However, if you don't you may not like it. 

Incredibles 2 | Most likely my favorite movie of the summer was Incredibles 2. WOW. Just wow. If you're like me you've been waiting for this sequel for the past 14 years. This movie is pleasing everyone my age and beyond! I don't want to give to much away, but it was for sure worth the wait. I love how the combined the kids and the parents in this film. Jack Jack is also adorable and deserves all the attention he is getting after this film! 

TV

The Bachelorette | We all love it, it's Bachelorette season. I of course am watching this season, as I have watched every season since the 5th grade. This season isn't my favorite. I'm was so over the Chris side story and some of the drama. But, I do think Becca had some great guys. There are 4-5 that I would be happy with her choosing, so thats good! Unlike most seasons I normally only care for one. These guys, for the most part, just seem like good every day guys. That's what I like to see ABC. I won't spoil anything in case you still need to catch up on this week's finale!

So You Think You Can Dance | Again, I've been watching SYTYCD since season one. As a former dancer I love dance reality TV shows. Last season of SYTYCD ended up being my favorite season ever. I loved all of the contestants so I'm excited to get to see the top 10 compete this season! 

World of Dance | Another great dance show is World of Dance. Their first season last summer was so gooooood. I am team Eva Igo!! Les Twins robbed her and I'm still salty about it. But, I'm happy she's back for season 2 but no spoilers if she moved on.... So many talented groups and individuals on this show. Most times I find myself totally immersed in these groups performances. Breathtaking comes to mind!

The Last Defense | I've been watching this new ABC show on demand recently and I'm into it. If you are a fan of shows like Making a Murder it is a similar concept. Going through the details of a murder that one mother is accused of. These shows always interest me, and the court cases behind them. Maybe it is my inner Elle Woods in me that loves a good trial.  

The Proposal | Let's be honest, this show is so stupid. But, I CANNOT STOP WATCHING IT! I can't look away. Why?? I'm not sure, but as stupid and silly as it is damn it's funny and entertaining. The last episode I watched a girl who was a senior in damn college got engaged, like m'am what are you doing on this show? To each their own I guess!

What shows/ movies should I watch next? Let me know in the comments! 
XOXO 
Miranda 

Monday, August 6, 2018

OOTD: Summer White



Summer is flying by and things have been crazy over here! Two weeks of travel, getting a puppy, a new haircut (not pictured), new apartment, and so much more. But, before summer is completely over I wanted to share some summer style with you all. 


This summer my looks have been rather simple and classic. My white bow top and navy chino shorts in this look is no exception. By keeping thing simple I can pair my looks with fun accessories. Fringe statement earrings have been on repeat all summer. While on my work trips I picked up a ton of earrings and jewelry from cash and carry shops in the Atlanta & Dallas. The best part is you can get jewelry for super cheap! If you live in either the Atlanta or Dallas area keep an eye out as they open it to the public for you to shop cash & carry shops and sample sales.


Scarves are also a favorite of mine this summer. Whether I'm tying them in my hair or on my bag there are so many ways to use little scarves as accessories! You can even carry this trend into fall with tying them around your neck, hair, bag, wrist, you name it. This fun scarf is from J. Crew Factory and features a fun London print. I wore this same scarf while I was in London in May. Check out the post here


Jack Rogers have been my go-to shoe of the season. Shocker, I know. When I packed to move into my apartment I didn't even realize that Jacks were the only sandals I brought! They dominate my sandal wardrobe for sure. Jacks are just a classic sandal that I think make any look chic compared to your basic plastic flip flop. 


Can we also talk about my favorite bag in the entire world? Okay, okay great. If you've been here a while I've talked about the Jetsetter backpack from Henri Bendel a million times. But, this bag is literally perfect for summer and for even high school or college students! It can be converted to be a backpack, crossbody, or you can hold on your arm like I am above. This is the mini size, but they have a larger size that I carried around London while studying abroad. Both sizes are great and it is literally the all in one bag. HIGHLY recommend it for wherever your adventures take you. 

Where it's from: 
Top: Ann Taylor 
Shorts: vineyard vines 
Shoes: Jack Rogers 
Bag: Henri Bendel 
Scarf: J. Crew Factory 
Sunglasses: Ray Bans 


What is your go-to summer look? Let me know in the comments below! 
XOXO 
Miranda