Sew Cute Holiday: Guy Gift Guide

Friday, December 8, 2017

I am convinced guys are the worst to shop for. I never know what to get my boyfriend, dad, etc. for Christmas. But, this year, now that I am working for Barbour, finding gifts everyone is excited about is a little easier. For my boyfriend he has been eyeing the Barbour leather duffle bag. It's the perfect weekend travel bag that looks sleek and stylish, but functional. Then for dad's, or your significant other's dad, the Barbour wash bags are great! I find that most guys carry the same cosmetic bag for travel for years before they replace it. So, this is an easy gift that is functional you can give to either your dad, or a guy on the go! Scarfs are also a great option for an easy gift. They nice thing about Barbour scarfs are that most are unisex, so they make great gifts for anyone. My brother has been eyeing this Barbour messenger bag for a new work bag. This is a great gift for your brother, dad, or anyone that just started a new job or college! Then of course, I had to include the Ashby wax jacket. This is one of Barbour's most popular styles! Practically every guy looks great in this jacket, plus it works in so many different temperatures and is weatherproof, perfect for the winter months.

As for non-Barbour gifts, my boyfriend is a huge Yeti fan. So a Yeti tumbler or colster is a great gift for a guy in college. Also, Smathers and Brandson has some great small and larger gifts. For a larger gift their needle point belts are great! They come in so many designs and you can really find one customized to the guy you are shopping for. Then a keyring is a great stocking stuffer for a college student or someone who just got their license or permit.  Of course cologne is always a great option as well. I love the Polo Black scent! But, obviously there are a million different options out there, and you can usually find a gift set for a great price around the holidays. Gift sets like this Kiehl's men's set also make great gifts. I mainly love this set because of the Mickey holiday packaging (because duh). Last but not least, a great watch is a perfect Christmas item! I love the look of Shinolas, but there are a lot of splurge worthy watch brands that fit a lot of different styles.

I hope this gift guide gave you some ideas on what to get the guys in your life! These are all gifts I will be giving, or have seen the guys in my life love! 

Need some more inspiration? Check out this OG Sew Cute Style gift guide for guys from 2013 or this Guy Gift Guide from 2015 for more inspiration.

What gifts are you planning to get for the guys in your life? Let me know in the comments below! 

Dose of Disney: Disney Gifts Under $50!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Mickey tee | Pooh Bear makeup bag | Alien tee 

Let's be honest, Disney gifts are not hard to come by. But, sometimes it's hard to find things that are affordable, but cute. So, today I rounded up my picks for awesome Disney gifts, for the Disney lover in your life, that are all UNDER $50! Pick up Pixar themed gear for your guy (or girl let's be honest I'm obsessed with the Toy Story Alien men) then a Danielle Nicole piece for your best Disney gal pal! All of these items are either from Shop Disney, Boxlunch, or Hot Topic. Boxlunch and Hot Topic have a ton of hidden Disney gems, and almost always have a sale or promotion going on! Be on the lookout for deals from those two websites to score some of these gifts on sale.

What is on your Disney Christmas wish-list? Let me know in the comments below! 

Sew Cute Holiday: Christmas Makeup Look

Monday, December 4, 2017

The holidays call for lots and lots of glitter, plus a fun red lip. I was sent some C.Y.O cosmetics makeup to try out and I am loving this sparkly holiday look. C.Y.O is a new cosmetic brand that is available only at Walgreens. Check out my Instagram post to learn more about C.Y.O and the products I used in this look. 

This makeup look features a sparkly silver eye shadow stick and shadow along with a black liner. I love this liner because it has a super unique tip. Plus, it went on super dark and black. To me, metallics are the perfect look for the holidays. Whether you like silver, rose gold, or gold glitter eyeshadow is the perfect way to add a dash of holiday magic to your makeup look. The CYO metallic eye stick comes in so many great colors to create your own metallic look. 

A quick pause on the makeup talk, let's talk about the outfit details for a bit. 

Where it's from: 
Vest | Land's End 
Turtle Neck | Target 
Bracelets | KJP, Alex and Ani 
Earrings | Kate Spade 

I love this liquid red lipstick. It is actually metallic! The best part, it doesn't dry out your lips like other liquid lipstick products I have tried. I also tried their dual ended lipstick and lip liner and that is also great! Both of my shades were in a fun red color, perfect for Christmas time. 

You wanna know the best part of CYO cosmetics? Everything is so affordable! All of the products are around $5 to $6, which makes them great holiday gifts. For the price I found these products had great quality. 

What is your favorite makeup look for the holidays? Let me know in the comments! 
I was sent these CYO products for free c/o of CYO for an Instagram post. All opinions are my own. 

Dose of Disney: Casual Mickey Style

Friday, December 1, 2017

If you keep up with my Instagram stories, which you totally should, you would know I shopped the new Disney x Cath Kidston collection recently. This collection was all about Mickey and friends! The last Mickey collection I didn't get to many items, but with his friends thrown into the mix I was super interested in this collection. I love Donald, Daisy, and more so I was super excited to see them included in this collection. 

I picked up quite a few pieces from this collection, because everything was so darn cute. Cath Kidston, if you didn't know, is a U.K. based brand that I fell in love with while studying abroad in London 2 years ago. In the past year or so they have been doing collaborations with Disney to create adorable collections! From Mickey, Pooh Bear, Peter Pan, and 101 Dalmatians they have created some adorable pieces. 

From this collection I picked up two mugs, a skirt, this adorable sweatshirt, a luggage tag, a pouch, and a trinket tray! Everything is still in stock, so be sure to snag it if you like it. These are limited edition items!!! 

I wore this super casual look to see Disney Pixar's new film Coco! Side note: the movie is amazing. Amazing animation, amazing store, amazing everything. I did cry, but not as much as I thought! So that is a win for Miranda. 

I paired my Mickey bouquet sweatshirt with a pair of simple J. Crew toothpick jeans, my new go-to pair of denim. To accessorize I wore Mickey hand earrings from Typo that I picked up in their Mall of America store! They have a whole Disney collection that is so dang cute. Too complete the look I topped it off with my Disney Pandora charm bracelet and some Disney Alex and Ani bangles. 

How do you style for a lazy day? I love wearing a comfy sweatshirt and jeans! Let me know in the comments below. 

Dose of Disney: My pin collection!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Over the years I have collected quite a few pins! It wasn't until recently that pins and flair have become really popular in fashion and in the Disney community as well! So, today I wanted to share my Disney pin collection. This collection has been growing since my very first Disney trip, over 10+ years ago. But, some of these pins are from more recent trips of mine as well as some from small shops. 

This first pin board is my older pins. These include some form the parks as well as some from the Disney Cruise. My favorite pins on this board are the ones I picked up from the Disney Magic ship on my first Disney Cruise. They had this great Golden Mickey pin which was based off of the stage show from the cruise. I also love my Marie purrrfect pin and the sassy Daisy pin! These were some of my first pins I ever got. 

This second pin board has a combination of a bunch of different pins! My Minnie Girl and Minnie ballerina pin, along with dumbo, are also some of my original pins from when I was a kid. Then I also have some pins from my Disney cruise including a Castaway Cay pin and a Disney Vacation Club cruise pin. Also on this board are my Disneyland Paris pins I picked up two years ago at the Disneyland Paris park. I picked these two pins because I thought they were very Parisian inspired! 

The coffee cup pins are from Casey and the Bear, aka Parkbound Buttons. I love this collection she did! I also have pins from my most recent trip to Disney. I became into the mystery pin packs that Disney sells during my last trip! On this board I have some from a Beauty & the Beast pack, the hot air balloon pack, and a small pink mystery bag! Also, I have some pins I picked up on Ebay. If you are ever looking for a particular pin I highly recommend checking out Ebay.  

My last board of pins is more bare in comparison to the other boards! This board has some Disney Park pins, a lot of Jambo Joe magicgram pins, and some Disney Vacation Club pins (from forever ago). I also have some pins from some other small shops including Hazel & Bean and The Mermaid Harp. 

I keep these pin boards hanging up in my room to display all of my pins! These boards are from the Target dollar spot this past Valentine's Day. But, you can just use a normal cork board or other bulletin board to display your pin collection to achieve a similar look. 

Do you collect Disney pins or other flair? Let me know what your favorite pin is in your collection, or mine, in the comments below! 

Dose of Disney: Disney Small Shop Black Friday Sale Guide

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving means spending time with friends and family, then comes Friday.... aka BLACK FRIDAY! Literally so many deals so little time (and money). Today I wanted to round up all of the best Disney sales going on for Black Friday, and some that start today! Not all of my favorite shops have announced their deals, so I will be updating my post as more information comes out! 
Last updated 11.24 at 8:20am Central

Aloha Ear Design | 20% off no code needed! Starts 8am EST on Black Friday  SOLD OUT!

Be Ear Guest | All ears $25! Starts 9am on Thanksgiving. SOLD OUT! 

Ears Full of Sugar | $25 ears, $10 headbands, and $5 pins! Starts on Friday at 12am. 

Pretty Little Monograms | Exclusive new items on sale including Cheetah Monogram Minnie and Meeko collection! Plus 20% off on Friday (while supplies lasts). Starts Friday at 8am EST. Items are selling out fast! SOLD OUT of Lost Princess Popovers, some Meeko items still in stock! 
Small business Saturday $45 Mouse Bow Monogram Popovers with hot pink or red bow for $45 at 10am EST on Saturday! 

Oh Yeah Apparel | All tees & pins buy one get one 50% off! Select tees & pins are buy one get one FREE! Starts Thursday at 10pm EST. 

Lost Bros Trading Co. | Restock on Life is the Bubbles tee and hoodies (a personal favorite of mine!), Foolish Mortals Stranger Things inspired tee launch, Neverland postcard tee restock, other deals TBD. Starts at 12:01am EST on Black Friday. 

Main Street Press | Full re-stock of items, 30% off + free shipping starting at 9pm-midnight EST Thursday, 30% off thru midnight on Friday. 

2319 Threads | Select tees and hats 60%, most tees and hats 30% off! 

Magic Made Co | Shirts 20% off with code GIVETHANKS, orders $100+ 20% off with code MERRY, and new ear releases. Starts Friday at 9am EST. 

Jambo Joe | Antler bracelets buy one get one 50% off, gifts with purchase, patches are buy two get one free, 5 Magicgram pins for $30, las chance apparel (that you don't want to miss!).

Great Adventure Supply Co. | Shirts are 30% off, $29 sweatshirts, 25% off hats, pins patches and stickers buy 3 get 1 free! Starts at 12:01AM est!

Shop House of Mouse | Hourly deals that start at 7pm on Thursday! Deals will run through Friday. Check her Instagram for updates on the hourly deals and specials.

Walt's Wardrobe | 30% off full priced items, $10 sale tees, $10 sample tees, $20 sample jerseys, first 100 customers receive a scratch off card for future purchase (10, 20, or 30% off or $10 or $20 shop credit). Starts at 8pm CT Thursday! Most sample size items are sold out! 

Hazel and Bean | $4 patches, $5 pins, $20-30 shoes, all tees on sale!

Happily Ever Tees | New shirts, pins, $10 less then perfect tees, $5 art pieces, and $20 mystery packs! Free shipping on orders $50+ with code HAPPILYSHIP.

The Mad HattEar | New crotchet ornaments at 3pm CST.

What Disney small shops are you shopping on Black Friday? Did I miss any of your favorites? Leave them in the comments below to let everyone know! 

Dose of Disney: How I plan my park outfits

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Going to Disney means so many exciting things: planning hotels, travel, Fastpasses, dinner reservations, and OF COURSE your outfits. I take Disney outfit planning very seriously. Honestly, probably to serious, but who cares. So today I wanted to share my process of how I plan Disney outfits. 

Side note: A lot of these tips and strategies could be used to plan out a normal vacation! Just swap out Mickey ears and these tips could work for a any sort of trip! 

Step 1: Before a Disney trip, and let's be honest before I even know when I'm going to Disney next, I shop for new Disney tees. What you purchase or already have will serve as the foundation for your outfits! Once you have started purchasing your Disney tees or other clothing you want to wear to the parks the planning can begin. 

Step 2: To start the planning process I create a schedule of what we will be doing each day. 99.9% of the time we are going to a park each day. So, I start by creating a note in my phone with the schedule for the trip. You can also do this on paper, but I like to constantly change mine and update it as items that I may have ordered arrive and what not. Then I go day by day and decide what I want the major show piece to be for each outfit. Now that I am a Disney small shop addict I have a stock pile of tees that I am waiting to wear to the parks! So, usually this is my key piece I am planning the rest of the outfit around. But, for you it may be a skirt, a pair of ears, a Lilly dress. Whatever it may be this is the foundation of the rest of the outfit! 

Step 3: Next I like to decide what bottoms and shoes I will wear with each look. I usually make this pretty vague until the trip comes closer. I'll say pair with denim shorts and sneakers. Then once the trip comes closer I will be more specific and say the exact pair of shorts or skirt I want to pair with what. Then for shoes I try and bring 3 pairs of sneakers and one pair of sandals for a week long trip. This way I have a variety of sneakers for different looks, but they all are versatile and neutral. Since I don't wear sandals in the parks I usually just bring a pair of Jack Rogers in case we go to Disney Springs or a nicer dinner. I record all of this in the same note page on my phone! 

Step 4: Accessories! Yes, I even plan my outfits down to the accessories. This includes buttons/ pins, Minnie ears, and handbags. I always carry a backpack with me in the parks, which remains the same the whole trip. But, last trip I carried a cute stylish crossbody with me each day and it really was functional for me. In my crossbody I kept my phone, credit cards, and other things I needed to reach for constantly. Then I kept things like sunscreen, a jacket, and water in my backpack. Again, I record all of this in my notes page. 

These are all of the steps I take to plan out my Disney outfits! This gets me excited for my trip, as well as organized. Not to mention, this helps me know to stop buying more shirts, but I always seem to buy more #oops. But, this gives me a visual record of what I'm planning on wearing on my trip.

The countdown to my next Disney trip begins! It's about 5 months away so be on the lookout for more Disney content coming soon. 
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