Friday, July 13, 2018

Dose of Disney: Pink in Pandora



There is something so magical about Animal Kingdom at night. After dining at Boma for my mom's birthday dinner during our last trip we headed to Animal Kingdom to see the park at night time. We haven't been to Disney since all of the new nighttime activities arrived like Pandora, the light show, and the projections onto the Tree of Life. So, it was really our first time seeing the park after 3pm. 


When we arrived at the park it was perfect golden hour. The sun was setting but gave us the perfect lighting for photos around the Tree of Life and Pandora. At night Animal Kingdom seemed to come to life. We were walking around in awe of how pretty everything was. Like I said we always left Animal Kingdom early, usually around 3pm. We get in get our rides and attractions done and head home. So it was nice to take some time and just explore the park more. 

 



As for my outfit, I popped on this sweatshirt from Pretty Little Monograms after our dinner. I was freezing inside the restaurant so I was excited to get something warm on. During the night it seemed to cool down to a comfortable temperature. This sweatshirt was originally from her Flower & Garden collection but I think it went perfectly with Animal Kingdom and the World of Pandora. 


I paired the sweatshirt with the white jeans I was already wearing from dinner. Then paired with the coveted millennial pink ears. These ears seemed to match this sweatshirt perfectly! I love how neutral these ears are. What can I say I am for sure an Elle Woods when it comes to what I consider neutral. Whoever said orange was the new pink was seriously disturbed. 


While exploring Animal Kingdom we found so many amazing photo spots! This little spot in front of the tree was pretty hidden. Who knew there were so many hidden gems around the park. 




After exploring around the Tree of Life we headed to Pandora. I've heard so much about Pandora at night we had to check out the hype. We wandered around and took photos of all of the amazing plants and scenery while we watched the sun slowly set. It was so cool! 


Sadly it was really hard to photograph Pandora truly at night because of all of the lights. But, trust me when I saw it is worth staying around, or coming back, to the park! 

 

Where it's from: 
Popover: Pretty Little Monograms 
Jeans: Nordstrom Rack 
Shoes: Adidas 
Ears: Disney Parks 


What is your favorite park to visit at night? Let me know in the comments! 
XOXO 
Miranda 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

OOTD: Patriotic Pom Poms



4th of July is one of my favorite holidays. I love red, white, and blue plus American pride. My 4th of July started a day early with this fun red, white, and blue inspired look! 


I'm obsessed with this pom pom shirt. My friend actually gifted it to me (s/o to Maggie!) and I'm in love. If you know anything about my style I love pom poms, lace, and anything fun like this sassy top. The pom pom detailing makes it super fun, plus the red color makes it a perfect fourth of July look! 


Pairing this top with a white pair of skinny jeans tied together the whole look. Thankfully the weather cooled down at night so I could actually wear pants. It's way to damn hot this summer. 90 degrees does not do well for me! I'm more of a 70's to 80's kind of gal. 


An extra fun patriotic touch is my earrings! They have tiny little gold stars as the beads. A while back I found these on sale for super cheap at Von Maur. Let me tell you that store has the best clearance jewelry section! If you ever get the chance to stop into one they always have Baublebar or Kate Spade or other great brands on super sale. 


To tie everything together I wore my navy Jack Rogers. Jack Rogers are my go-to sandal of the summer. I find myself only wearing these sandals. To be honest they are not comfortable until you break them in, but I just love how they look. Beauty is pain my friends. 


For a touch of Disney magic I wore my Lillian and Co. bracelets. Her cuffs are the perfect accessory to add a touch of Disney into your look. In this look I'm wearing my Best Day Ever and Have Courage and be Kind bracelet. So cute!

What I wore: 
Shirt: Evereve 
Jeans: JCPenny (c/o) 
Sandals: Jack Rogers 
Earrings: Baublebar 
Bag: Louis Vuitton 
Sunglasses: Ray Bans 
Bracelets: Lillian & Co. 


What is your favorite way to show your American pride? Let me know your favorite patriotic look in the comments. 
XOXO 
Miranda

Monday, July 9, 2018

Sew Cute in Chicago vol. 2

Hello everyone! I'm back with another edition of Sew Cute in Chicago. This week I'm talking about a few new restaurants I've tried. There have been a lot of occasions to go out to eat between my birthday, anniversary, and friends being in town! So, here are my reviews on the places I've tried recently.... 


Mindy's Hot Chocolate | For my boyfriend and I's 3 year anniversary we opted to try a local spot that had some great reviews. We found Mindy's Hot Chocolate and I have to say I am pretty happy with the choice! We both got the Mac n Cheese which is a signature item on their menu. It was very rich, but very tasty. Then we got the chocolate cake for dessert which was amazing. The restaurant's chef is known for being a pastry chef so a lot of people were coming in just for dessert. Which, I am so in favor of. They also have a wide selection of hot chocolates (go figure) with homemade marshmallows, that I am dying to try!


Chop Shop | My boyfriend's family came down for dinner in the city and we went to Chop Shop located in Wicker Park. Everything we had was so delicious! I loved my Steak & Frites dinner. I literally ate every last bite, which I never do. The fries came with a garlic aioli sauce, which as to die for. So good!! We got an Italian sausage appetizer which tasted so fresh and delicious. There is actually a deli and butcher shop below the restaurant that sells fresh meats. So, all of the meat was very good. Then for dessert we got a brownie skillet which was very good as well! We had a great meal and I would for sure go back in the future!   




Small Cheval | On a very hot Friday night my friend and I headed to Small Cheval for burgers, fries, and drinks. They literally have three things on the menu: hamburger, cheeseburger, and fries. YUM! My kind of place, let me tell ya. The burger was great complete with pickles and house sauce (I opted for no onions). Then I paired it with a hard cider. Dipping your fries in the garlic aioli sauce is also a must! That must be a thing in the city because I have never done that before, but I am all about obvi. 


Kanela Breakfast Club | Brunch is the best meal, right? I went to brunch with some friends at Kanela Breakfast Club and it was pretty tasty! I got a basic meal aka eggs with meat and potatoes, but it was good. You can't go wrong with peppercorn bacon. My boyfriend and I got monkey bread as an appetizer which was also very good. Next time maybe I'll opt for a more adventurous dish and report back.  


The Vig | Speaking of brunch I tried another brunch spot The Vig recently as well. The Vig goes from brunch spot to happening place to get drinks at night (apparently). Brunch was very tasty at the Vig! I ate a whole plate of bacon and some of my cinnamon roll #oops. Warning: this place is impossible to find parking during brunch hours. So, I recommend ubering if you live in the city. 

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

Friday, July 6, 2018

Dose of Disney: Monsters Inc.



"I wouldn't have nothing if I didn't have you"- Monsters Inc. 


If you know me you know that it is no secret that Monsters Inc. and Monsters University are my favorite Disney movies. I live for all of the characters and the story of these films. My all time favorite Disney character is probably Mike Wazowski. He's hilarious and sarcastic, which I like to think describes me as well. 


Naturally I had to create a kick-a$$ Monsters Inc. inspired outfit for my trip to Disney. If I do say so myself, I think I did just that! This look all started with this awesome Monsters jersey from The Lost Bros. It even says Mike on the back with my favorite number 19, coincidence I think not!



I found the most ADORABLE pin from Chaos & Couture with this Playbill inspired design. I am v depressed because it fell off my bag while at the park. To say I was upset was an understatement. But, at least I got a good picture of it to remember it by. RIP cute pin, RIP. 


I just love these jersey inspired tees from The Lost Bros! I have a bunch of designs of these from them and they make the cutest looks. No matter what your style is I think this shirt works for pretty much anyone. These are also great to match with your BFF, boyfriend, girlfriend, family, or whoever you are heading to Disney with! 



Let's talk about my crazy lady Mike Wazowski headband. I picked this up from the Instagram account Ballpensandetc. She is my go-to source for picking up merchandise from Tokyo or Tokyo Disney Resort! When I saw this headband in other people's pictures and vlogs from Tokyo Disney I had to get my hands on it. Luckily Carey was able to pick it up for me and I think it completes my Mike Wazowski fan club look quite well. Why does Tokyo Disney get all of the good merchandise??? 


Now we can't forget this amazing jersey from Walt's Wardrobe. I love this thing! It is such a unique piece that you can't find anywhere else. They have a bunch of other Pixar designs in addition to Monsters Inc. as well! I added a fun Monsters University pin onto the jersey for an extra Monsters Inc. touch. 


Also in this look I have a pair of my dream ears custom made by my bestie's sister Enchanted Ears by KT! Be sure to check out her Instagram and Etsy shop. Her ears are so comfy, plus are super affordable! She now does 3D printed designs and I just can't get over my little Mike and Boo ears. They are so darn cute! 


Although there is the brand spanking new purple galactic wall I still love the good old purple wall. The nice thing is you can take pictures with both! Gotta mix it up every once in a while. But, I will say the galactic side does add a ton more dimension then the original solid wall. Both are awesome photo spots for any Tomorrowland inspired look. 


Where it's from: 
Tee: Lost Bros Trading Co. 
Shorts: J. Crew 
Jersey: Walt's Wardrobe 
Shoes: Adidas 
Necklace: Baublebar
Ears: K.T. Enchanted Ears on Etsy 
Mike headband: Tokyo Disney via Ballpensandetc on Instagram
Pins: Chaos and Couture, Disney Parks 

 

Who is your favorite Monsters Inc. or Monsters University character? Let me know in the comments! 
XOXO 
Miranda