Monday, September 3, 2018

My Fall Essentials


Fall is by far my favorite season. Let's be honest I'd rather be wearing a Barbour jacket in 60 degree weather then be sweating my a$$ off in 90 degree weather in the summer. I'm also so over summer clothes. When it comes to creating looks I'm all about the layers and summer doesn't quite allow for that. 

So, today I wanted to share my fall essentials with you all for this season. 


Barbour Jacket | This is kind of a no brainer but Barbour jackets and clothing in general is a major part of my fall wardrobe. Whenever I leave the house for work I try and rep Barbour. So, wearing Barbour button downs with a pair of skinny jeans with a jacket is kind of my fall uniform. Be prepared to see a lot of Barbour in my fall OOTD posts! *get excited* You can see one pictured above. This is a lightweight wax style that I wore on my trip to Edinburgh. Whether you are a college student or a young professional I can assure you there is a cool Barbour jacket that works into your lifestyle. 

Cozy but stylish sweaters | I'm such a sweater girl. Living in Chicago and the Midwest my entire life sweaters are essential. I picked up some great sweaters from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, but I will be re-wearing some of my favorites form last year. Plus of course rocking new Barbour sweaters for the season. 

Riding boots | My go-to boot is a riding boot and I recently replaced my old Michael Kors with a new pair from Cole Haan. They are classic and go with everything, enough said. 

A great skinny jean | Two jeans that are my go-to are Paige jeans plus the J. Crew toothpick skinny jean. Both of these are super flattering and great for petite gals like myself. 

Stylish sneakers | Cole Haan's Zerogrands are my absolute favorite shoe of all time. They are not only comfortable, bust stylish. I wear these while traveling, exploring, and for work. These are the perfect shoes for girls or guys on the go. 

Fall is the perfect time to experiment with your style! Try new layering techniques, color, and accessories to get your perfect fall style. Let me know your favorite fall essentials in the comments! 
XOXO 
Miranda 

Monday, August 27, 2018

Sew Cute in Chicago vol. 4

Another week in Chicago calls for another installment in my Sew Cute in Chicago series. This week I tried a few new places and went back to some old ones. It's really been my goal to repeat restaurants as little as possible. With so many options in Chicago I want to try everything! And of course see all of the Instagram worthy spots in the city because duh, do you even know me? 


Broken English Taco Pub | First up is Broken English Taco Pub in Lincoln Park. I've been wanting to try this place as it has the most adorable decor. With multiple locations in Chicago you can find one that is closest to what you may be doing. Adorable pinatas hung from the ceiling with adorable neon signs that had fun taco sayings. 


As for the food we got the 6 taco meal as it was cheaper then buying tacos individually per person. They have larger options if you are will a big group. I tried the fried chicken and carne asada tacos. They were both delicious! Surprisingly I preferred the fried chicken taco. I love trying different and unique tacos that are a little bit out of the ordinary basic beef, chicken, or something like that!


No taco meal is complete without a margarita! I opted for the frozen original because I am more of a frozen girl. But, beware these were pretty strong! For my lightweight self at least. Then to top it off for dessert we ordered the churros because why not. Also, very tasty and the perfect end to the meal. 



Zia's Lago Vista | Boozy brunches, what more could you ask for! I went to Zia's Lago Vista with a friend for brunch and it was quite tasty. The best part was $12 endless mimosas. To say we were tipsy afterwards would be a very fair statement. For brunch I picked the bananas foster french toast with bacon. Yum! If it is a nice day I suggest sitting out on the patio, it was quite lovely and a great people/ dog watching. 


Parlor Pizza Bar Wicker Park | Pizza Parlor is always a good idea. I brought a friend here for Sunday lunch and it didn't disappoint. One of my favorite pizza spots in the city. It's a great atmosphere and they have good food, a perfect combo. 


Big Start Taco | Then another favorite of ours is Big Start taco in Wicker Park. My boyfriend and I decided to go out to eat during the week and decided to run to Big Star for some tacos. They have a sit down area, or a walk up window where you can order to go. When the sit down restaurant is busy we opt for the quick walk up window. Either way you do it you can get fabulous tacos! 

That's all for this installment of Sew Cute in Chicago! What should I try next? Let me know in the comments! 
XOXO 
Miranda 

Friday, August 24, 2018

OOTD: Summer White


White jeans have been my jam all summer long. Until this summer I never really wore white jeans. I got this pair from a collaboration I did with JCPenny a while back. The rips are a little out of my comfort zone, but I kind of like them for a more casual look. My whole look is actually from JCPenny!


I haven't been to JCPenny in so long. But, I loved the outfit I ended up creating with them for the collaboration. These jeans paired with a little chambray top. Top it off with a little ruffle slide and we're in business. 


I kept my accessories simple with just a little statement earring from Target's Sugarfix Baublebar collection. These earrings are super affordable and super trendy. Matter of fact my whole outfit is super affordable. JCPenny is always having sales and you can get things 40-60% off! 


Where it's from: 
Top: JCPenny 
Shoes: JCPenny 
White Jeans: JCPenny 
Earrings: Target 
Sunglasses: Ray Bans 
Location: Port Orleans Riverside Resort


What is your favorite way to style white jeans? Let me know in the comments! 
XOXO 
Miranda 

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