OOTD: Navy Sweater Dress

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

When you combine a sweater and a dress you get the comfiest item to wear this season! I've already worn this sweater dress multiple times since I've gotten it from www.Tobi.com. You can't go wrong with a navy dress with a fun twist. 

Tobi's dresses are my absolute favorite. Whether you are looking for a casual dress like this one, or a more dressy option (look out for Friday's post to see one!) they have a little bit of everything. I also love how many different styles you can find on their site. Someone like me who is preppy and classic can find pieces, but if your edgier you can also find great pieces! 

Belle sleeves are super in this season and I am loving them in this dress. Usually sleeves like this drag on me because of how small I am, but these sleeves fit well and are sew cute! 

I paired this sweater dress with a bright pink plaid scarf for a pop of color. Plaid scarfs are my favorite cold weather accessory during winter! I love that you can pull in so many different colors into a look with just one accessory. Gold accented ballet flats and rhinestone earrings add a touch of glamour to the otherwise casual look. 

Where it's from: 
Dress: c/o Tobi 
Tights: Charming Charlie's 
Flats: Tory Burch 
Earrings: J Crew 
Location: Main Street Ames, IA 

What is your favorite way to wear a sweater dress? Let me know in the comments! 

Thank you to Tobi for sending me items to review. All opinions are my own. Thank you to brands like Tobi that make Sew Cute Style possible! 

NEW BALANCE Coming to Chicago!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

New Balance is opening a ton of new stores in Chicago! I am excited to come home from break and shop their new retail locations in Hyde Park, Lincoln Park, Oakbrook Terrace, Orland Park & Schaumburg.

In the Chicago area? Be sure to enter this giveaway to win a FREE pair of shoes plus a gift card. This is the perfect giveaway to win something for yourself or use it as a gift for anyone active in your life. 

Be sure to shop New Balance in store all you Chicago ladies! Use the code #NBChi20 at checkout to also receive 20% off your purchase. Simply tell the cashier the code and you get 20% off! #NewBalanceChicago 

Here are some New Balance pieces I'm loving..... 

What are you going to pick up from a New Balance store in Chicago? Let me know in the comments! Be sure to enter the giveaway! 

Thank you to Brandbacker and New Balance for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. Thank you to brands like New Balance who make Sew Cute Style possible! 

How to Prepare For Finals

Finals season is upon us.... which means it's time to get town to business and finish the semester strong! This year I lucked out and only have one test during finals week and one that is online that I can take over a week and a half period. Score! The rest of my "finals" are larger projects, which I prefer over tests any day. 

As a senior in college I know a thing or two about taking and studying for finals. The key is to not wait for the last minute to study, as hard as it may be. So, here are my tips on how to start prepping for your finals ahead of time.... 

1 week before: Right now we are a little under one week away from finals week. This is the time to start gathering your materials, looking over old assignments, and start to begin to organize yourself. If you don't have all of your assignments in one folder or in one spot on your computer start organizing those papers and files! This way when you go to create a study guide everything will be easily found. For most of my tests, professors post study guides. Start working on the study guide as soon as your professor makes it available! This way when it comes time to study you don't spend days just making the study guide. 

Finals week: Depending on your finals schedule some of your tests may be Monday and some may be later in the week. Prioritize what you need to study first based on when the test is. Unless you know one test will be very difficult try and study chronologically. This way you can focus on what is coming up next versus spending all of your energy on a test that's Friday when you have tests earlier in the week you need to study for as well.

Night before: The night before a test I always sit down and just read my study guide or notes. For me re-reading and going over everything really makes a difference! This way you can remember key words by recognition from reading them over and over again. Also, be sure to get a good night sleep! My philosophy is I'd rather go to bed and wake up early then not sleep at all. But, do what works for you. If you are an all nighter kind of person go for it! However, sleep is super important and no one likes to focus on a test when all they want to do is take a nap. Most importantly, remember to set multiple alarms so you make it to those morning exams.

Morning of: Don't stress to much the morning of. Go over your materials one last time and make sure to re-read things you are having trouble remembering right before the exam. If possible skip to that question so the material is fresh in your mind!

What are your tips for acing finals? Tell me in the comments! 

OOTD: Cozy Sweater

Monday, December 5, 2016

The perfect holiday combo includes plaid and a cozy sweater. This look is complete with a bright holiday plaid and this adorable sweater from www.tobi.com, which is perfect for the holidays. 

I've been searching for a classic white cable knit sweater and I am loving this one from Tobi. It has small flecks of green and red which is perfect for Christmas time! Whether you pair it with jeans or dress it up with a skirt sweaters are my go-to piece during the chilly holiday season. 

Adding a statement earring to a casual look like this instantly adds a touch of glamour. I love these Kendra Scott earrings, they come in three sizes so there is something for everyone! 

Adding a vest over a thick sweater is a great way to ditch a bulking coat if you will be walking in and out of shops while doing your holiday shopping. With shopping season in full swing I love wearing a look like this to hit all of the holiday sales with my mom. To say I'm excited to head home for break and have some much needed retail therapy is an understatement. 

Where it's from: 
Vest: Land's End 
Sweater: c/o Tobi 
Jeans: American Eagle 
Flats: Nordstrom 
Earrings: Kendra Scott 
Purse: Longchamp
Location: Main Street Ames, IA 

All week I will be featuring some of my favorite pieces from www.Tobi.com for this holiday season! Be sure to come back for more OOTD's this week. 

Thank you to Tobi for sending me items to review. All opinions are my own. Thank you to brands like Tobi that make Sew Cute Style possible! 

What I Wore: Thanksgiving Dinner

Friday, December 2, 2016

It's that time of year again! The holiday season brings lots of stress, food, and time with family. This year we spent Thanksgiving at my Aunt and Uncle's new house which was very excited. I dined on the traditional Thanksgiving favorites. But, I only eat the turkey, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce. 

For my look I wanted something causal, at least for me, but fashionable. I paired my go-to piece of the moment, this navy blazer, with a fun plaid shirt I picked up at J Crew during their 40% off sale. To keep things simple I wore a navy skirt, but added an extra pop of color with my maroon tights. I love wearing a colored tight to mix things up from the boring black or navy. 

Added touches of gold in my shoes, jacket buttons, and belt make the look seem more festive. Whenever I think of the holidays I think of gold. I also wore my gold square glitter stud earrings from Kate Spade. Other then that my accessories are pretty simple for this look. But, I've been loving my quilted Tory Burch flats for adding a bit of glamour to any fall look. 

Where it's from: 
Shirt: J Crew 
Blazer: Banana Republic 
Skirt: Forever 21 
Shoes: Tory Burch 
Earrings: Kate Spade 
Belt: Target 
Bracelets: KJP, Alex and Ani 
Watch: Michele 

Also, did you notice anything different? I cut my hair! I chopped about 5-6 inches off and it feels great. Normally when I'm home for break I make a hair appointment for a much needed change. 

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! What is your favorite dish of Thanksgiving dinner? Let me know in the comments. 

Thanksgiving Break Snapshots

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Thanksgiving Break was jam packed with family events, checking off those yearly appointments, and shopping of course! Have you seen my Thanksgiving OOTD? Check out the post here. Here are a few other snapshots from my week at home..... 

Black Friday isn't usually my thing, but I picked up things from J Crew, Ulta, and KJP. Here are my Ulta finds! I got a Becca blush palette, a Tarte gift set, Two Faced gift set, and an It Cosmetics mascara. Also, I got a Real Techniques brush set. Everything was a great value! 

Although I don't like pumpkin pie, my mom makes the most adorable pie! She makes little leaves to decorate the top out of pie crust. 

During break I went to Chicago for photos, some shopping, and dinner. Downtown was full of gorgeous lights and views, per usual. Even though I'm from Chicago I love walking around the city. It always ceases to amaze me! 

For dinner in the city we went to one of my favorites, The Hampton Social. I will never get sick of that Rose all day sign! 

Now that Thanksgiving is over... it's time for Christmas! What are you most excited for this holiday season? Let me know in the comments! 

OOTD: Old School

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

I'm kicking it back old school, well school girl old school that is. This look is giving me major Gossip Girl vibes! A pleated skirt, layered button down, and a fun play on a sweater vest complete this fun preppy look. Layering button downs under sweaters is perfect for fall or winter. As the weather gets cooler I am learning to appreciate layers more and more! 

Who says you can't wear color in fall? Adding pops of color like this bright magenta sweater shell is a fun way to mix up your fall looks. Navy and neutrals are fun, don't get me wrong, but I long for summer days when I am decked out in colorful Lilly. So, I love adding subtle pops of color in my fall and winter looks to keep things interesting and fun. 

Layering a necklace with a button down is nothing new for me, but I love this iridescent statement necklace. It brings out all of the pink tones in the top and adds a major does of sparkle and glam to the look. 

Where it's from: 
Button down: Ralph Lauren Polo 
Shell: J Crew 
Skirt: Jack Wills 
Tights: Charming Charlie's 
Shoes: Tory Burch 
Necklace: J Crew 
Watch: Michele 
Bracelets: Alex and Ani 
Photography: Maggie Anderson

What is your favorite way to wear color in fall and winter? Let me know in the comments! 
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