OOTD: Under the Sea

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Life is the bubbles, under the sea! 
I'm loving this under the sea inspired Lilly dress. I wore this look to a rehearsal dinner for a family wedding a while back. This dress is perfect for dressing down or up. Pair it with a simple pair of Jack Rogers for a more casual look, or pair it with heels for a more formal look. The rehearsal dinner we attended was pretty casual, so my go-to Jacks were perfect for the look. 


The colors in this dress are so dreamy. It combines my three favorite colors: purple, pink, and blue. I'm feeling major mermaid vibes with this dress. This print features little hidden fish that are sew-adorable. With all these under the sea vibes this dress makes the perfect summer piece. I also have a little work out jacket in this print because I love it so much! 




This dress has a super unique zipper detail, along with the neoprene fabric. It gives you a feel of a scuba diver, but less tight of course. Lilly's dresses made of this fabric are seriously so comfortable! They are more breathable then their traditional cotton shifts, which make them the perfect summer time dress. 


Fun fact, this cute little wall is right next to the Forever 21 at the Plaza. Not sure why the Forever 21 is so swanky there, but they have a little drop off drive way area and everything. Plus all these beautiful southwestern details on the outside. I love the Plaza because it has such unique architecture, considering it is pretty much in the midwest. It gives me major Italy and Spain vibes. 



My accessories for this look are pretty simple. But, I am loving these new Alex and Ani Disney bracelets. They were a part of a Mother's Day collection. I got the Aristocats bracelet along with Mrs. Potts and Chip (aka my favorite Disney characters). When I saw these in the Shop Disney Park App (the best place to get Disney stuff while you aren't at the parks) I knew I had to get it. My parents gifted these two to me during graduation weekend! I also stacked my Pandora bracelet along with my Alex and Ani bangles. I've been doing this a lot recently and I love how it looks so dainty. 


As for my bag, this Danielle Nicole rose bag is the perfect subtle Disney touch to a look. This blush color is to die for and matches practically anything. It's a small bag, but fits your must-have essentials like a small wallet, lipstick, and a powder compact. I picked this bag up at Box Lunch when I had their Lunch Money. So, I got $15 off! What a great deal. 





Where it's from: 
Dress: Lilly Pulitzer 
Shoes: Jack Rogers 
Purse: Danielle Nicole 
Bracelets: Alex and Ani (Disney collection), Pandora 
Location: The Plaza, Kansas City 


What is your favorite under the sea animal? I love Sea Horses! Let me know in the comments below. 
XOXO 
Miranda 

OOTD: Cardinal & Gold

Monday, May 22, 2017


In honor of graduation, I wanted to post one last look feature my alma mater Iowa State University. This look is perfect for high school graduation pictures, featuring your new university or college, or for a basketball or sporting event at your school. It is a super simple look, but I love it. 


So, this tee is so so cute. I picked it up at a store in Overland Park, Kansas at the Plaza. Charlie Hustle sells vintage inspired college and sports apparel and is such a cool store. In-store they even have some vintage tees and jerseys that are super cool. Side note: if you're ever in the Kansas City area the Plaza is the best place to shop! 




The details in this tee are super cute. It's kind of like a short sleeve baseball tee. Not to mention the fabric is so so soft. Its the perfect comfy tee. I also adore the vintage Iowa State mascot. Nothing wrong with the new Cy, but this vintage little guy is too cute. 


We need to talk about these adorable Lilly Bee University flats for a second. I have eyed these flats since I discovered the company, but never purchased them... until this year! Naturally I get cute Iowa State shoes as I am leaving Iowa State right... but I plan on wearing these on game days to support my team in a cute subtle way. They have a ton of different schools available in a few different styles. Iowa State is sometimes hard to come by for school apparel like this so I was super excited to get them! Also, their customer service is great. The size I ordered didn't fit and they let me exchange them and the new pair came super quickly. 





Jeans and a college tee is the perfect go-to uniform to show school spirit. It's simple and comfortable. Some schools get super dressed up for tailgates and games, but at Iowa State, and most midwest schools, we keep things pretty casual. Which is great because you don't feel super pressured to find cute tailgating dresses and what not. Throw on a fun tee like this one and a pair of jeans or shorts and you're good to go. 


It's been great wearing Cardinal and Gold the past four years. Moving from my high school colors that were blue and gold it was nice to have one common color in the mix. I will always cherish my memories at Iowa State at football games, basketball games, Greek Week, Homecoming, and more. It's been amazing to wear these great school colors with pride! 


Where it's from: 
Tee: Charlie Hustle 
Jeans: American Eagle 
Shoes: Lilly Bee University


What is your favorite way to style a college tee? Let me know in the comments! 
XOXO 
Miranda 

College Diaries: This is the end

Friday, May 19, 2017


This is the end.... 

4 years, 8 semesters, over 141 credits, two majors, Trend Editor in Chief, Fashion Show Director, BHG Meredith Apprentice, Pi Beta Phi sister, and much much more. Iowa State the past four years have been some I will never forget. From eating meal bundles in Maple with my freshman dorm friends, to hitting the bars with some of my sorority sisters, my big being the best big ever, studying abroad with some amazing people I will never forget, Mariah from Chambery and Champagne and I bonding over our love of fashion, and my best guy friend forcing me to have fun. I have had so many great memories at Iowa State. 

Sometimes it is easy to focus on what went wrong, always being tired, taking to many credits and so on. My time in college wasn't easy. From friends not acting like real friends to girls just being mean I didn't breeze through college. People always said that college got better, but it felt like people became meaner as the years went by. Sometimes I got so caught up in what other people were doing and how they were treating me that it made be go crazy. Then by junior year I realized something... it doesn't matter what other people think, and real friends will stick by you no matter what. I realized it wasn't worth being upset over people and things that just didn't matter. From then on I was happier, had better friends, and was achieving more academic success then ever before. The minute I stopped worrying about other people I did better in school, felt better about myself, and achieved some of the goals I set for myself as a freshman in college. In the end, I became Trend Co-Editor in Chief, interned at Better Homes & Gardens, became a Director for The Fashion Show, and graduated cum lade with two majors. Almost everything I set out to do I accomplished in my four years. 

It's crazy to think that it is all over. Truly it hasn't set in because I had finals up until the last minute of graduation. So, I haven't really sat down and realized that I'm officially done with college. Just when you think high school flew by, college goes by faster. The past four years have been some I will always remember. From Greek Week to Homecoming, to being published in Better Homes & Gardens, to being initiated into Pi Beta Phi there are so many amazing memories attached to Iowa State for me. Although it is sad to leave Iowa State, I am ready to take on my next adventure in Chicago. I'm not sure where my adventure will take me, but I am excited to see where it goes, and to get some much needed sleep, it's not goodbye Iowa State, it is see you later!

I'll be doing a few more "college" related posts with tips and tricks to surviving your four years this summer! Be on the lookout for those and much more from Sew Cute Style! 
XOXO 
Miranda


What I wore: To Graduation

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Graduation has come and gone, but I wanted to share some details on what I wore for my big day. Finding a graduation dress was a struggle. Now and days I am super picky about what I wear, and I only really shop from J Crew and Lilly Pulitzer. Occasionally some other stores. I found a great Lilly dress (as seen in my graduation photos) for my College of Liberal Arts convocation ceremony on Friday. But, I was struggling to find a dress for my actual graduation ceremony. Then I found this great coral dress from Nanette Lepore from Rue La La. It was on super sale, I got about $300 off! Such a steal! 


I'm usually a hard core print girl, but I wanted my dress to be simple (for me) and classic. I still wanted a colored dress so this cute coral Nanette Lepore dress worked out perfectly! It was a little long because #shortgirlproblems, so I got it hemmed at a local dry cleaner. Not sure why every dress was made for someone a size 0 but 5'9 but oh well, it worked out in the end! 


The dress has super fun detailing, which is why I loved it. I'm obsessed with these little bell sleeves. It gave such a fun feminine detail. Also, can we talk about these fun flower embellishments? It gave the perfect spring summer vibe to the look. The flowers continued onto the back of the dress as well. In addition, there was a little strip of fabric that went across the top part of the back for an extra touch to the otherwise pretty open back. 


For my "graduation" accessories I had a Pi Beta Phi stole which we bought as a chapter. It was nice to have something to wear for graduation from my sorority. Most chapters buy a stole or have cords that represent their sorority colors. I opted for the stole just so people would know what it was for. I find that people have so many cords it's hard to know what they represent. So, the stole makes it more obvious! In addition to my stole, I had my cum lade cords for my grades. With as involved I have been the past few years of college I was so excited to graduate with honors. Most semesters I had 18 or more credits on top of activities and a sorority so any honors was a great achievement for me! 



Another fun accessory I had for my graduation look was this Alex and Ani bangle. My parents gifted this to me before my convocation ceremony so I could wear it all weekend. I love Alex and Ani, as you all know, so this bracelet is perfect! It even has a little tag that says 2017. 


Couldn't help but snap a few Disney inspired pics! My brother and dad got this I'm Celebrating... Graduation button for me at the parks. Then I picked up this fun Mickey graduation hat as well. It's super cute and will act as a little momento as well.


Picking shoes for graduation can be a stressful thing. You have to keep in mind how much walking or standing you'll be doing, if your walking on grass, and so on. These Calvin Klein heels I picked up from Nordstrom Rack are seriously the best heels ever. They are so comfortable, the perfect "nude" shade for my skin tone (shout out to the other pale-ies out there), and are the perfect height. They aren't to high and have a thicker heel so walking in grass isn't an issue. 


For my accessories I kept things simple, and classic. I didn't want to wear anything to trendy or flashy just to keep my pictures looking as timeless as possible. So, I opted for my lavaliere necklace, my Alex and Ani grad cap bangle, and my Pandora charm bracelet. To finish the look I wore my go-to pearl stud earrings. Again, super simple, but super classic. 


Where it's from: 
Dress: Nanette Lepore 
Shoes: Calvin Klein (Nordstrom Rack) 
Bracelets: Alex and Ani, Pandora 
Location: Iowa State University 


Did you graduate recently or are you graduating this spring? Tell me your outfit details in the comments!
XOXO 
Miranda

OOTD: Garden Girl

Monday, May 15, 2017


Some day when spring is here..... Well I think spring has officially sprung and we are on our way towards summer. Thank God because I cannot handle these spring allergies anymore. Has anyone else been struggling with allergies these past few weeks? My eyes get so itchy I wipe off all of my makeup! But, one perk of spring I do enjoy is all of the flowers! Working at BHG this past school year has given me an even bigger appreciation for flowers and gardening. So, I ventured to Reiman Gardens in Ames (right near Iowa State) to walk around the grounds and take in all of the spring flowers. 


Reiman Gardens has both indoor and outdoor areas to explore. I love this tropical green house area. So many beautiful flowers and plants to discover. Not to mention it is super warm in there! When we went it was a tad chilly out, because it had been raining. Go figure the day we go the weather stops being so gorgeous. It was still super nice to walk around and get some fresh air though. 


As for the outfit, I kept things pretty simple. But, there is one new addition I'd like to share with you all... I got a Louis Vuitton speedy 25 from my boyfriend for graduation/ an early birthday gift! My boyfriend is terrible at keeping gifts a surprise, so I kind of figured out what he was getting me. He didn't crack under pressure, aka me constantly asking what he got me, and tell me before he gave it to me. I have been wanting this bag for so long. My man inspiration came from Carly from The College Prepster and Sarah from Classy Girls Wear Pearls. They carry this bag around quite frequently and I just love the shape and its classic style. For graduation I wanted a bag that was timeless and that I would have forever. Jeremy defiantly knocked it out of the park with this gift. You'll be seeing a lot of it in upcoming blogposts I'm sure. 



The rest of my outfit includes this adorable simple white top with a flair detail on the sleeves. A little eyelet ruffle adds the perfect dainty touch to an otherwise simple top. Pairing a white top with a bold pair of shorts is my favorite during the spring and summer. This pair of teal chino shorts are from J Crew. These are basically the only shorts I wear during spring and summer. They look great with everything and are a little more polished then a pair of jean shorts. Usually I go for the 3" inseam but I also have a few 5" pairs. 


For accessories, I also kept things super simple. My go-to trusty Jack Roger sandals are a must. Now that they are my most broken in pair I always reach for them if I'll be doing some walking. For my bracelets I'm wearing an Alex and Ani graduation cap bangle plus my Pandora bracelet stocked with Disney charms. Since my trip I haven't taken it off. I was never a Pandora person before this bracelet! I think it is because I got it on a hard bangle versus the moveable chain bracelet. 


For my necklace I'm just wearing my lavalier featuring my Pi Phi and Triangle letters. Then I topped off the look with my go-to pearl earrings, that were also a gift from the boyfriend.  






Where it's from: 
Shirt: J Crew 
Shorts: J Crew 
Shoes: Jack Rogers 
Belt: vineyard vines 
Bag: Louis Vuitton 
Bracelets: Pandora, Alex and Ani 
Location: Reiman Garden 


What is your favorite spring flower? Mine is peonies and tulips! Let me know yours in the comments. 
XOXO 
Miranda

Dose of Disney: Disney in March, review and what you need to know!

Friday, May 12, 2017


Today I'm talking about Disney in March, aka Spring Break season. We'd never gone to Disney for Spring Break before. Usually we take our family trip during the first week in January. We thought that was busy. That was child's play compared to March. It was insanity! So, I wanted to give a few tips and go through what it's like to go during Spring Break time. Luckily, I'm graduating so I won't have to worry about the constricting schedule of going to school. This means I'll never have to go in March again. But, in case you are still in school or are planning a trip around your child's schedule, here are some of my insights on Disney in March..... 

Crowds | During spring break the crowds were unbearable! Almost everyday was a madhouse. Not to mention normal spring breakers there were also many events going on like a cheerleading competition, music days, and more. We found that going, at our usual time, during the first week in January right after Christmas was less crowded! 

Wait times | Wait times all depended on what time you get to the parks. I highly suggest going at park opening and for early magic hours. When we arrived for early magic hours we were able to get a lot done before the big crowds. Also, arriving at opening is always a good idea. You can get in a ton of rides before everyone strolls in at 10am. After about 10 or 11am wait times were already pretty long. Big rides like Space Mountain and Mine Train were at 90mins. So, be sure to get your fast passes as well, and get them for earlier in the morning. Also, keep checking back for new fast passes throughout the day. Even if you can get fast passes for smaller rides it is still worth it.

Character lines | Meet and greets for characters weren't to bad of a wait. We always get the fasts for the Character spot in Epcot which goes by super quickly! I'd say they averaged from 15-35 min depending on the character and when you stepped into the line. 


Flower & Garden | Flower & Garden Festival was one of my favorite parts of the trip! Be on the lookout for a more extensive Flower & Garden review. During my spring break it was the second week of the festival so it was pretty crazy, but we couldn't tell if it was crazy for the festival or for spring break. None the less it was crazy. But, there were so many great food stands, topiaries, and other fun things going on for the festival. So, for that reason I would for sure recommend it! 

Weather | Naturally, the one week we went in March it was freezing. Okay not freezing, but cold for Florida. It was in the mid to high 50s during the day and would get down into the 40s at night. Some days were cloudy so we didn't even have the sun to keep us warm. Keep track of the weather before you go! We made the mistake in January once and didn't bring any warm clothing. I'd say pack a pair of jeans, leggings, and sweatshirts and jackets to be safe. Even if it is warm it can get chilly at night! I would pack a pair of leggings and a sweatshirt in my backpack to put on at night. This was super helpful, especially if you plan on staying for fireworks and night shows. 

Have you gone to Disney in March? I want to hear your experience! Let me know in the comments! 
XOXO 
Miranda 

 
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