Monday, April 23, 2018

Gal Meets Glam Collection Favorites! + My Launch Experience


Margaret | Riley | Courtney | Hanna 
 Emma | Ellie | Helen 


The Gal Meets Glam Collection launched Friday and I was so excited! Julia has been one of my favorite bloggers for some time and her feminine style is perfection. She is one of those people you can count on to always look beautiful, classy, and put together all while remaining very fashionable. If you don't already follow Gal Meets Glam... what are you doing.. but actually go give her a follow! 

So here is the breakdown ladies, the Gal Meets Glam Collection is going to release new dresses every month! Just when you thought your wallet was safe... WRONG. But, it is so worth it because these dresses are drop dead gorgeous. I want basically all of them, but I settled for picking up two: the Ellie and the Riley from this collection. But, there is a little back story to this... 

Julia is hosting 3 VIP events one in San Francisco, Dallas, and Chicago baby! Naturally, I was totally jazzed that Chicago was getting something so cool and fabulous. We don't always get fun events like this BUT we got this one! Julia will be at the Chicago Nordstrom downtown on May 17th. You can see her blog for full details! Any who, there were 30 spots to gain access to a special VIP meet and greet that would be more intimate and small before the general meet and greet event. To gain access to the VIP meet and greet you had to be one of the first 30 people to purchase a dress from the downtown Nordstrom location. So here I am thinking oh that's not to bad I'll just show up at the store when it opens go try on a few dresses and be on my way. Well, I was wrong..... 

I got to Nordstrom around 9:25 to 9:30 ish... 30 min before opening. There was already a line forming at the main entrance inside of the mall. I sat down at a table and pulled out my laptop to do some work while I waited. Girls were talking while they were standing in line about reserving dresses and all of this stuff and I'm like uhhhh what? I didn't reserve anything I just thought I could show up and be like hi I'd like a dress. Honestly I started to stress (I know over a dress get your ish together Miranda). Then I realized I could just buy a dress now and always exchange it for a different dress at a different store if I needed to. That was my plan of attack going in. At about 9:50 ish (I wanna say) the gate lifted and there was a mad dash into the store. I was walking next to another Gal Meets Glam fan and I asked "Should we run I don't know what to do???!". Then we started to jog then it turned into a run through the damn department store. Up 2 escalators we went to the 3rd floor and we dashed across the sales floor to the back end of the store. 

People were grabbing dresses every which way and I was trying to find the dresses I had my eye on, but of course there was no 0 or 00 in sight. Not even a 2! Girls were already lining up to purchase their dresses to get their VIP meet and greet spot. So I grabbed a 4 and headed to the cash register. I will say the associates were very attentive and dealt with our shit so thank ya ladies! I was checked out within 5 min or so and got my name on the list. Boom, mission accomplished. Not going to lie I was for sure out of breath, I didn't know I had to work out before this excursion. 

Long story short: I got the VIP meet and greet, but I didn't get a dress in my size. I literally walked out of Nordstrom pulled up Gal Meets Glam Collection's website on my phone and ordered 2 dresses in my size that were still in stock on her site. If it hadn't been for the VIP event, I probably would have done that from the get go. However, I really wanted to get to go to the event so I'd say it was worth it. With such a fast past event it took me all of 15 min due to the running and frantic grabbing. 

The dresses are available in many Nordstrom locations, Nordstrom.com, plus the Gal Meets Glam Collection site! Be sure to shop while this months dresses are still here, there are still a lot of sizes and styles left so go take a peek. Based on the quality of the dresses I saw at Nordstrom they are a great price for the craftsmanship on these beauties. 

Are you planning on purchasing any dresses from the collection? Let me know in the comments below! 
XOXO
Miranda 

Friday, April 20, 2018

Post Grad Girl: Graduation Dresses



Graduation is right around the corner for most 2018 grads! When I graduated from Iowa State about a year ago I was in such a frenzy to find a dress. I could not find ANYTHING I liked. Everything was either to simple, to casual, or just boring. I wanted something fun, but also not to crazy as it is an important event. Plus I wanted something super cute for photos because duh. I ended up randomly finding something on Rue La La from Nanette Lepore on super sale. But, today I wanted to round up some super cute dresses that would be perfect for a high school or college graduation! In my mind these dresses are fun and fashionable, but aren't anything to crazy. 


Here is a little flashback to what I wore to my college graduation commencement. For my college specific convocation I wore a super fun Lilly dress. This dress was perfect for the main ceremony and for photos. It had enough interest, but was a simple solid color. Nude heels also keeps the look very classic. I kept the jewelry minimal and simple as well. 


Here is a *super* throwback photo of what I wore to high school graduation! Again, a super simple look but still a fund dress. This one was made out of scuba material and it was super comfortable. Sensible wedges are also key when walking across the stage. Skip the 5 inch heels ladies, unless you are very skilled. In that case go for it. I, however, could envision myself eating **** so we opted for a wedge in high school and a low heel for college graduation. 

What did you wear to your graduation? Or what are you planning to wear this year?? Let me know in the comments! 
XOXO 
Miranda 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Travel Guide to Chicago


Get ready for a VERY long post today! I constantly get asked for suggestions on things to do in Chicago or good restaruants and so on. Then I realized I never created a blogpost with like ALL of my suggestions on my favorite Chicago places. So, here is the comprehensive list of all of the places I love and would recommend in Chicago. From shopping, restaurants, neighborhoods to explore, things to do, and more it's all here. You can always reference this if you are ever planning a trip to Chicago! This is a very extensive guide on EVERYTHING I love in Chicago. 

I've lived in the Chicago suburbs my whole life. And now I work in the city every now and then and have spent more time exploring the city, more then just Michigan Ave. So, now I feel I can give you solid recommendations on things to do and eat if you are visiting the city. 

Restaurants 
Coal Fire Pizza | One of my favorite pizza places in the city! It is close by to the United Center so it's perfect if you're heading to a Blackhawks game or a concert and you're driving. You could also take an Uber if you don't have a car! Their pizza is super thin crust pizza and has fresh delicious ingredients. The place is super small and super local, so go as early as you can! It fills up quickly so you may have to wait. But, it is worth the wait for sure!

The Hampton Social | My favorite "basic" place in the city is home to the "Yes Way Rose" sign which makes it very recognizable on Instagram. But, besides the aesthetically pleasing decor they have really amazing food! I personally love the Lobster Roll or the Steak Frites. Then they have a Rose of the Day which makes it super easy to try new rose. This place is the best during the summer because they open up all of the windows and the breeze flows in and out. But, if you go in the winter don't fret, there usually isn't a wait or it's easier to get reservations! 

Public House | Public House has tasty shakes topped with cake, the best bar style food, and lots of drink options! They have other locations outside of Chicago, but it is worth the stop if you want a fun atmosphere and good food. 

Bub City | My favorite BBQ place and bar at night is Bub City. They have really good Moscow mules (random I know) and the best BBQ in the city (in my opinion). I'm not big into country, on weekends it turns into a country bar with live music and it's really fun! But, this place has some dang good ribs, brisket, and pulled pork. Plus they have tater tots, fried pickles, and lots of other yummy sides. All in all it's a great time and has great food! 

Summer Santa Monica House | Santa Monica House is a similar vibe to The Hampton Social, but it's in Lincoln Park. This place also has an extensive wine list and dreamy decor. I opted for the Prime Rib French Dip with fries and it was one of the best french dip sandwiches I have ever had. And I've had a lot of them let me tell ya. They have a little bit of everything so there is something for everyone on the menu! Plus brunch is available and it looks amazing. 

Maple & Ash | If you're looking to splurge look no further then Maple & Ash. One of the best steaks I have ever had in my entire life. That means something coming from me, I live for steak (ask anyone). It is a must-do if you want to do a nice meal in the city. Be sure to get reservations beforehand! In general reservations are a MUST. Use the Open Table app for easy reservations. 

Lou Malnatis | If you're looking for classic deep dish Chicago pizza Lou Malnatis is my favorite. Giordanos is a close second. If anyone tells you other places TBH they are wrong. These two are the best in the city! If you go to Lou Malnatis be sure to get the three cheese bread as an appetizer, you'll thank me later. 

Portillos | Another Chicago classic is Portillos. This fast food chain is unique to Chicago, but has other locations outside of IL. Stop in to get a classic Chicago hot dog, Italian beef, or a chopped salad (if you're feeling healthy). Chocolate Cake shakes are also a fan favorite. This is a great affordable meal to get in the city! 

Garrett's Popcorn | I'm a popcorn connoisseur, and I love all kinds of popcorn! Garretts is another Chicago favorite that serves up Chicago mix popcorn which is cheddar with caramel. I know what you're thinking... "that sounds nasty". But, trust me it is SOOO GOOD! They have a ton of locations around the city so you can't miss them. 

Stan's Donuts | Donuts are oddly very popular in Chicago. There are so many unique donut places in the city but Stan's is one of my favorites. From their cute pink and white decor and bags to their tasty donuts you can't go wrong. I personally love the apple fritter, but there are endless possibilities! 

Donut Vault | Another of my donut favorites is Donut Vault. They have the best donuts and they have $1-2 coffee which is amazing. You usually always have to wait in line to get them, but the line is for sure worth it! 

Three Dots and a Dash | The infamous tiki bar Three Dots and a Dash is a fun place to get drinks with friends. WARNING: these drinks are pricey and some are verrrry strong, so order carefully! I got the rum barrel and it was pretty good! But, my boyfriend's drink was nasty tbh.... it is mainly for the fun cup and atmosphere/ photo ops. So if that isn't your thing I would skip it. However, it is a fun bar! If possible make a reservation as this place is hopping on the weekends, and even weeknights. There is often a line to get in which, you don't want to wait in during the winter. The entrance is also down a back alley so you might miss it if you aren't looking close enough! 

Moe's Cantina | If you're looking for a good Mexican place, Moe's Cantina is a great option! They have tasty cocktails, including margaritas, and good food what more could you want? I got the build your own tacos and it came with so much steak it was unreal! Plus the chips, salsa, and guac was real tasty. 

Old Crow Smokehouse | Another good BBQ option is Old Crow Smokehouse! They have a few locations, one in Wrigleyville, which makes it a good stop before a Cubs game! With lots of meat and side options this place is mighty tasty and perfect during the summer as most of their locations open up the windows to let the breeze in. 

Tavern on Rush | One of my favorite brunch spots is Tavern on Rush. I get The Rush Street which is a tasty omelette with cheese, bacon, and sour cream. Complete with breakfast potatoes and a scone this is a very tasty breakfast! 

Goddess and the Baker | My favorite coffee shop in the city is Goddess and the Baker. Most mornings I work downtown I go there to grab a latte. They also have a wide range of pastries that are super tasty and other dishes available. I am also a fan of their white peach tea if you are a tea fan, they have a good selection of that as well. 

Pizza Parlor Bar | With a mural of pizza angel wings outside how could you not love this place? With tasty pizza and yummy appetizers this is a great place to bring friends for a bite! Also, they have a brunch menu which makes it a great Sunday spot. 

The Walnut Room | This used to be one of my favorite places to go as a kid! Every year we would go to see the giant Christmas tree display. I recommend heading to the Walnut Room during the holidays to see the decor! The food has changed over the years, but the inside is gorgeous and historic to Marshall Fields! 

Bavettes | One of the best steak places I have ever ate at. This meal was incredible! From the meat to the wedge salad to the sides everything was incredible. Again, another splurge meal but it is sooooo worth it. You need reservations for Bavettes, or else it is impossible to get in. So be sure to plan ahead if you'd like to dine at Bavettes for dinner. 

Shopping 


Michigan Ave | The most "basic" shopping area is Michigan Ave. You will find all of the stores you know and love like Topshop, Nordstrom, Uniqlo, and more. A fun stop along the way for Disney fans is the huge Disney Store on Michigan Ave!

Oak Street | If you're looking for a little more higher end shopping the area around Oak Street is where you'll wanna head. Walton Street also has some great shopping like the Barbour and Patagonia store. Plus Sprinkles Cupcakes! 

Birdseye Rule | A fun boutique in Logan Square has some amazing pieces! Plus there is an adorable stationery store right next door. Added bonus: they carry Barbour! 

Bow & Arrow | If you're looking for the ultimate stationery and party store look no further then Bow & Arrow. Such a cute store with adorable gift-able items! They also have some fabulous Packed Party products, which I love. 

Riley Rose | The most amazing store EVER for makeup and knick knacks is Riley Rose! They have so many unique beauty brands and so many things to try. Plus the store is just gorgeous. Plus there is an adorable Instagram opportunity inside. Riley Rose is located inside Water Tower Place. You can also find stores like AKIRA, Aritzia, Free People, Henri Bendel, and more located in Water Tower! 

State Street | State Street is another shopping area in Chicago. It is located pretty close to all of the Michigan Ave shops, but it is centrally located near a lot of the theater shows. So, if you're down near a show you can do some shopping beforehand! Some highlights are Macy's State Street (which used to be the original Marshall Fields RIP :( ), Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and more. Plus the Nordstrom Rack on State Street always has amazing finds!!! 

Things to Do 


Explore neighborhoods | There are so many incredible neighborhoods to explore in Chicago. Until recently I really haven't been able to explore a lot of Chicago neighborhoods. As a kid who lived in the suburbs it was really hard to make it out to the smaller areas of Chicago outside of true downtown. But, now I love checking out more residential areas! Some of my favorites are Logan Square, Wicker Park, Bucktown, River North, West Loop, and Lincoln Park. There are so many things to explore outside of the "touristy" areas in Chicago. Be sure to try and venture out during your stay in the city. 

Go to a Broadway show | Chicago has a great Broadway scene! I've seen shows like Aladdin, White Christmas, Book of Moorman, Wicked, and more. PRO TIP: Like Broadway in Chicago on Facebook and on the 25th of every month they sell $25 theater tickets. It is such a great deal so be sure to check if you're planning a trip because they just might have a show on sale for your dates. There are also other ways to get discount tickets to shows, so try not to pay full price and find yourself a deal! 

Go to a sporting event | If there is one thing that is abundant in Chicago it is sports teams. We have the Bulls, Blackhawks, Bears (lol they kind of stink though), Sox, and the Cubs! No matter what time of year you come to Chicago there is probably a sporting event you can go see! Gametime is a great app to use to find affordable sport tickets, as well as concert and broadway tickets. 

Architecture Tour | There are so many beautiful buildings in Chicago to see, so a great way to get a comprehensive view of everything is a boat architecture tour. There are a lot of different companies that offer tours so do some research to find one that works best for you. 

Ice Skating or walking around Millenium Park | During the winter months there is ice skating at Millenium Park, which I did this past holiday season! I have to say it was quite stressful skating around the ice skating ribbon. But, it was very fun! Don't worry if you aren't around for the holidays because walking around Millenium Park is still fun in the warmer months as well! 

Fireworks at Navy Pier | All throughout the summer Navy Pier offers firework shows and they are sooooo fun! My friend, my mom, and I always go every summer to see them. While you're at the pier you can do other fun things like grab a drink or go on the ferris wheel. 

Go to a museum | I grew up going to the different museums in Chicago. My personal favorite is The Shedd Aquarium! I just love seeing all of the fish and especially love the whales. Not to mention the views from the outdoor areas are unbeatable. But there is also the Art Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, the Planetarium, and loads more! Personally I love walking around museum, ever since I studied abroad I gained a stronger appreciation for museums. I highly recommend checking out at least one of the museums Chicago has to offer. 

Landmarks 

There are so many great landmarks to see in Chicago. From the Willis Tower to the Bean some are more touristy then others, but regardless they are still fun to see and experience! At the Willis Tower or the John Hancock building you can do skydeck like experiences. From these decks you can see views of the city that are incredible. Then there are recreational places like Lake Michigan or the Lincoln Park Zoo that are great for kids and adults alike. I listed a few of my top favorite landmarks below for you to check off your bucket list while in Chicago!

The Shedd Aquarium | Willis Tower | The Bean | Art Institute of Chicago | Lincoln Park Zoo 
Water Tower Place | Grant Park and Millenium Park | Buckingham Fountain | Navy Pier 
Lake Michigan 

Neighborhoods to Explore 

As I said before, Chicago is home to so many smaller unique neighborhoods. Be sure to explore outside of the central downtown area and loop to get the most of your Chicago experience! Here are a few of my favorite areas for food, shopping, and more.....

Lincoln Park | I love Lincoln Park so much! This adorable neighborhood has many things to explore. From adorable shops to lovely restaurants this place has a little bit of everything. Plus all of the streets seemed to be lined with the most gorgeous houses, including some Chicago Greystones. Plus it is home to the Lincoln Park Zoo which is a free zoo that is perfect for taking a stroll on a nice afternoon.  

Logan Square & Wicker Park | Logan Square will hopefully be my future home! This neighborhood has some really cool "hipster" as I would say coffee shops, bars, restaurants, and boutiques. I don't think I'm cool enough to live in Logan Square but here I come! Wicker Park is very close by and also has some awesome shopping, food, and things to explore. 

River North | River North is what I would call "downtown" but it is home to some of my favorite restaurants like Bub City, The Hampton Social, and more. If you are downtown doing other things I recommend popping over to River North to get dinner or drinks! 

West Loop | West Loop also has some amazing restaurants like Pizza Parlor Bar. I haven't gotten to explore to much of this area, but there is so much tasty food that I need to try over there so I know I will be back for more.

That is everything for my Chicago Travel Guide! I hope you found some new and exciting things to do for your next trip to Chicago. If you have any questions at all feel free to leave them in the comments below! 
XOXO 
Miranda 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Dose of Disney: Dapper Day Outfit Ideas

Dapper Day is right around the corner and I am soooooooo excited to be going to my first ever Dapper Day at Magic Kingdom! I have always dreamed of going to Dapper Day and dressing up all fancy and vintage. If you don't already know, Dapper Day is an event that happens twice a year at Disneyland and Disney World resort. Essentially the event lets people show off their Disney style while channeling vintage fashions. Basically everyone Disneybounds but it is all inspired by 50's, 60's, and lots of other decades style! Just type in Dapper Day into Pinterest and you'll get the gist. People wear gorgeous dresses with fun vintage hats and accessories to create their Dapper Day look. 

So, today I wanted to create a few fun Dapper Day looks to help you get inspired for Dapper Day. Don't fret if you can't make it to Dapper Day this year. I literally just happened to plan a trip while Dapper Day will be at Disney World (boy I am LUCKY!). You can channel so Disneybound and vintage vibes from wherever you are. Simply change up the dress or accessories to what you already own to create your own Dapper Day inspired look. 

All of these looks were created with a base dress that was a solid color. To create a look for your favorite character all you have to do is get a dress that matches their appearance colors and pair it with fun accessories like pins, jewelry, and more! 


When I think of red I instantly think of Mickey! Mickey is a super easy Dapper Day look to create, and you most likely already have some fun Mickey accessories to use. But, I wanted to create a Mushu Dapper Day look as he is a little more of an obscure character. If you ironed on this fun Mushu patch from Boxlunch to your dress it would add such a fun touch! 



The amount of blue Disney characters is kind of endless. But, Cinderella is always a safe bet. Genie and Sadness are also fun ideas for a fun blue look. 




It's tough being green as Kermit the frog would say, but I have to say these green Dapper Day ideas are my favorites! I LOVE Mike Wazowski and I am living for this Dapper Day ensemble. Tink is also another great option and there are a ton of fun Tinkerbell accessories you could pull in to create your look. 


I hope you learned a little more about Dapper Day today and found some Disneybound style inspo! I've never gone to a Dapper Day so I am very excited to see what all of the buzz is about at Magic Kingdom's Dapper Day on April 28th! Although Dapper Day is bigger at Disneyland I'll settle for a Disney World Dapper Day this time. Who knows maybe I'll get to go to Dapper Day at Disneyland someday! 

Are you heading to a Dapper Day this year? Let me know who you are going as! 
XOXO
Miranda 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Dose of Disney: Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust


Second star to the right and straight on till morning.... off to Neverland! 


In today's Dose of Disney post I'm channeling the ever so sassy Miss Tinkerbell for this fun casual look. Who says you have to be at the parks to show off your Disney style? In this look I turned a casual everyday outfit into a subtle Disneybound as Tinkerbell and Peter Pan. How you may ask? Well, with a little pixie dust and some magical accessories I transformed this everyday look to Disney inspired instantly. 


First things first, if you didn't know already Disneybounding is when you outfit is inspired by a Disney character. It can be as obvious or as subtle as you want. This look is for sure on the subtle side compared to others Disneybound looks. But, that is the best part! It can be whatever you want it to be. For my lifestyle in particular, subtle is usually the way to go. I live in the middle of the Midwest, we are far off from being close to Disney. So, adding cute little Disney touches to a look is a fun way to keep things magical without being to crazy. 


To channel Tink and Peter Pan I started the look off with this olive green sparkling shirt from J. Crew. The sleeve has a fun bell sleeve which reminds me of a fun pixie skirt. While the color is obviously channeling both Peter and Tinkerbell with its green color. Plus, sparkle anything always reminds me of some pixie dust! By pairing the green top with more neutral pieces like a denim jacket and cream colored jeans it makes the look way more everyday appropriate. 


As you can see the accessories is really what makes this look Tinkerbell inspired. The star of the show is this Danielle Nicole Tinkerbell handbag. I picked this up from Box Lunch a while back with my Lunch Money. When you shop Box Lunch you get reward dollars which can be used towards your purchase. These coupons really help when picking up more expensive items like a Danielle Nicole bag! 


I love this bag because of all of the fun details. From Tinkerbell's pom pom top know to the glitter fabric and bow this bag really is a work of art. The best part? It actually fits a ton! In this bag I have my Ray Bans sunglass case, an iphone and room for a small wallet and lipstick. The essentials of course! 


Other fun details in this look are my Tinkerbell pins from the parks. The donut pin is newer to my collection and I purchased it off Shop Disney Parks! They come in a pack with different character donuts. My other Tinkerbell pin is from way back when I collected pins as a kid. I love that I was able to keep my pins all these years and now wear them as accessories as an adult! 


Where it's from: 
Denim jacket: J. Crew 
Shirt: J. Crew 
Jeans: Talbots 
Pins: Disney Parks 
Bag: Danielle Nicole via Box Lunch
Sunglasses: Ray Bans 
Bracelets: Henri Bendel, Alex and Ani 


The best part about this whole look is you could do this for any character using similar pieces! Transform the look to be like Marie from Aristocats with a pink top, Marie pins, a fun bag, and top the look off with a pink beret or hair bow. Or become classic Mickey by swapping green for a red top, black pants, Mickey pins, and a Mickey handbag. No matter the character this look is super easy to change up to be any Disneybound you desire. 

What is your favorite Disney character to pull style inspo from? Let me know in the comments! 
XOXO 
Miranda 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Dose of Disney: Flower & Garden Style Inspo



It's Flower & Garden season y'all which means florals for spring, ground breaking. But really, florals for Flower & Garden are a must! From shades of purple and pink to pops of orange and yellow Flower & Garden festival has so many fun ways you can channel it to create a fun spring look in or out of the parks. 

Floral prints are obviously a major source of inspo from the festival. I am loving fun mini skirts and cute dresses with bold or small floral prints. You could pair skirts with a fun Disney graphic tee or pair a dress with a cute pair of ears. Or wear them outside of the parks for just a fun spring look.

Then prints with oranges or lemons are great to channel your inner Orange Bird or Violet Lemonade. I love this fun orange printed dress or this lemon top and pant set. So so cute! Citrus is always a good idea am I right? Well I think I am at least. This little Orange Bird bag is a fun pop to add to any look as well. Although it is more bold Disney then say this Draper James printed bag it can be worn outside of the parks just as much in! Then there is this adorable Lucky Rabbit Supply Co. Lil Tart pin that is so dang cute. Violet lemonade wearing a Mickey hat I DIE

Last year I wore a fun orange citrus printed Lilly Pulitzer dress with matching Sail Bow ears for the perfect Flower & Garden look. This year I am planning lots of fun looks using Pretty Little Monograms, Lilly, and lots of fun ears. Even if you aren't going to F&G this year be sure to channel the festival with a fun floral dress or look for spring time. 

What are you planning on wearing to Flower & Garden? Let me know in the comments below!
XOXO 
Miranda 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Dose of Disney: Jackets to wear to Disney



Although Disney World is in sunny Florida, it does cool down in the evenings. I've even been at Disney where I've needed multiple jackets and layers! Then again, I'm always cold but minor details here people.... So, today I'm going over my favorite jackets and layers to wear to Disney!

First up, popovers. Popovers are great because you can easily take them on and off as the temperature might change. With a half zip design you can pull it off much easier then a hoodie or other kind of sweatshirt! I love Pretty Little Monograms or The Blonde Ruby for these! They both have adorable designs that are monogrammed so it adds a personal touch. Shep Shirts are a great alternative. I wore a fleece Shep Style popover on my last trip and it was great for early mornings. At one point it was as cold as 40 degrees! When it gets that cool in the morning or at night on your trip it's important to wear and have layers. As the days would warm up I would take off layers and put them in my backpack for safe keeping. 

Next up is a classic crewneck sweatshirt. I prefer crewneck sweatshirts over hoodies because they are less bulky. I wore a fun crewneck from Disneyland Paris on my last trip to Disney for a full day because it was so chilly! Be sure to pack at least one sweatshirt or popover, or plan on buying one at the park once you get there. Shop Disney or inside the parks have so many different options for crewnecks. Pro tip: I always buy a small size in men's! They have more of a looser fit vs. a true ladies cut sweatshirt. 


Rain jackets are also a must at Disney. If you want to ditch the plastic poncho I recommend a Pretty Little Monogram rain jacket. For Flower & Garden she had an adorable lavender rain jacket that I picked up, and I'm obsessed! She uses Charles River brand which is a great quality rain jacket. I had one that had my sorority letters embroidered on it and it was great, but this one is even better then that one! In the past I would wear my old sorority jacket, but now I can bust out my adorable Minnie monogrammed rain jacket. 

Lastly, I love brining a denim jacket to the parks. It gives you a layer, but you can still be cute. Obviously there are a TON of denim jackets out there. I personally love J. Crew's or J. Crew Factory's denim jackets. But, there are loads out there and chances are you already have one! If you want to add a Disney touch to your denim jacket add fun Disney patches or pins to flair up the look. 

What jackets or layers do you bring to Disney? Let me know in the comments below! 
XOXO
Miranda 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Dose of Disney: Stella Lou


Have you heard of Stella Lou? Well she is my new favorite adorable character home to Tokyo Disney! So, when I saw Pretty Little Monograms come out with this adorable Stella Lou inspired tee I had to pick it up. It was also the perfect look for Easter yesterday. 


I kept things super casual because we weren't leaving the house for Easter. Normally we cook an Easter ham and sides for our Easter dinner! It's been our traditional for so many years. We used to hunt for Easter eggs around the house, but sadly those days are over. Luckily I still got some Easter goodies in my basket that I've had since I was a kid. 


My favorite Easter basket goodies are chocolate bunnies (really chocolate anything), Life Saver gummies, and Sweet Tarts! What are yours? I've always loved finding candy in eggs. Now I just pick it up on sale at Target the day after Easter. It's fun being an adult isn't it?? 


These chino pants from J. Crew Factory are my absolute favorite. They have slightly changed the shape this past year, but they are still a great basic chino pant. Perfect for work or for pairing with casual pieces like this look! From olive to navy they have a ton of neutral options great for mixing with basics. With a bit of a crop hem they fit petite people great! 




Where it's from: 
Shoes: Sam Edelman 
Necklace: KJP 
Bracelets: Pandora and Pandora Disney charms
Below.... 
Skirt: J. Crew 
Necklace: J. Crew 
Stella Lou notepad: Tokyo Disney via Ballpensandetc 


What is your favorite Easter tradition? Let me know in the comments! 
XOXO 
Miranda 

Friday, March 30, 2018

Dose of Disney: Toy Story Land Style Inspo

cloud pin | cloud patch | Pizza Planet claw tee 

The opening of Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World, and the announcement on Pixar Fest has been giving me MAJOR Pixar style inspo. Today I am rounding up some amazing pieces that would be perfect for a trip to the new Toy Story Land or Pixar Fest in the upcoming months. I've always loved Toy Story, let's face it I am a true 90's kid. I love anything to do with Pizza Planet, the little green aliens, or Buzz & Woody. All of these pieces are super fun and could amp up your Toy Story style just in time to ride the new rides and to take tons of pics with I'm sure the new and amazing photo spots to come.

I love this Alien monogram tee from Pretty Little Monograms. Sadly, she has sold out of these, but follow her page in case she re-stocks it! I'm wearing this tee and Lilly short combo to Hollywood Studios for my upcoming trip! 

There are tons of different Pizza Planet tees in this guide! I have the shirt in the bottom left corner. I picked it up from Box Lunch, but now it is available at Target for super cheap! The other shirts are also fun ways to incorporate Disney style. If you're looking for a BFF coordinating look check out Lost Bro's Rangers and Cowboys jerseys! I'm wearing the Cowboy jersey for my upcoming trip! Check out the picture below to see how I'm styling it...


There are so many ways to style these tees to make them your own unique style! I chose to pair this Woody inspired tee with Lilly skort for a preppy look. But, you could pair it with a fun suede mini skirt, high waisted denim shorts, or even tied over a dress for a completely different look. I also love the fun little Pizza Planet mini dress that is at Hot Topic! So fun. 

If you're looking for a more subtle Toy Story inspired look, try out Jambo Joe's Magicgram cloud pin or his cloud patch. Pop these onto a bag, denim jacket or bottoms, or wherever you please! I love Jambo Joe's Magicgram pins and I own this cloud one myself! Other fun accessories include a fun Alien Mickey ear hat or a "To Infinity and Beyond" inspired dainty necklace. I'm also loving these Vans inspired sneakers. I luckily snagged a pair of Toy Story Vans from Nordstrom Rack before my last trip. They are super comfortable and great for the parks! 

Are you planning a trip to Pixar Fest or to see the new Toy Story Land this summer??? Let me know in the comments! 
XOXO 
Miranda 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Hawaii Wish List



Aloha! I'm super excited to say I am officially going to Hawaii at the end of September into October. The plane ticket and hotel is booked and I can see paradise in the distance... well a few months away at least. My family and I have been talking about taking this trip for so long! It is my parent's 30th wedding anniversary and to celebrate we are heading to Hawaii. My parents went there on their honeymoon so it's kind of a throwback to that! Plus we just really wanted to go. 

The best part? We are staying at the Disney Resort Aulani in a Disney Vacation club villa. So, not only will we be in paradise, we'll be in Disney paradise. I've heard so so much about this resort and I can't wait to explore and see everything. It looks absolutely breathtaking. Plus, the merch is so kawaii and I am READY for it. 

Since I am a psycho I am already planning my outfits. If you personally knew me this would not surprise you one bit. I LIVE for planning outfits and planning vacations. So, right now I am living my best life. I already starting mapping out my outfits for each day while I'm in Hawaii. Fair warning... it's gonna be a lot of Lilly because Lilly in Hawaii seems like the perfect combo.  

I thought it would be fun to highlight some fun things on my Hawaii wishlist. I'm currently trying not to spend money (it's hard) to save for shopping on my upcoming Disney trip, my trip to the U.K. in May and Hawaii of course! But, let's be honest I'll probably end up picking up a few of these pieces for my trip! 

To highlight a few things, first things first, Bando has created the most beautiful collection inspired by a trip to Hawaii. UM how perfect?! I'm loving these fun sunglasses, this rainbow travel pillow, and my dream product a vacation planner. Perfection. Also, I'm currently crushing on these two Jack Rogers slides. I feel like slides are all the rage but I can't get behind any I see. But, Jack Rogers does them in a preppy classic way, which I'm into. I've already picked up a few swimsuits for this trip, but I've been eyeing this Lilly suit and now this palm suit from Aerie. The suits I picked up already are from Aerie as well. I love their swimsuits. They are my favorite! Lastly, I just loved this fun stripe dress from ASOS. They have a ton of fun pieces that would be perfect for a vacation. 

Have you been to Hawaii, specifically near Honolulu? Let me know what are can't miss things! 
XOXO 
Miranda 

Friday, March 23, 2018

Dose of Disney: My tips and tricks for the Flower and Garden Festival



Eat a real meal beforehand | Our first time at the Flower & Garden festival we made a major mistake by only eating Flower & Garden food..... we were all so cranky because we had been hungry for so long, and it took forever to feel full just by eating small bites and sharing small plates. The second day we spent at the festival we ate a smaller lunch then just had snacks or treats from the festival stands. Honestly, I think this is the way to go. This way you at least ate a little lunch or some sort of meal before you go and sample. Whether that is a small sandwich or salad or something, now you won't be starving while trying your Flower & Garden dishes! Plus there is nothing worse then being hangry. My family hangry is NOT a good situation let me tell you. 

Split dishes with friends | If you go with friends or family share your plates! When we went we split almost everything and just had little tastes of things. A. This saves money because these dishes aren't exactly "cheap". I'd say the average price is $6-8 per dish and they aren't huge! B. It gives you the opportunity to try way more things! If you really like something you can always go and get round 2! 

Pace yourself | Pace yourself between stands. Go to rides and attractions in between so you don't get to full. All the power to you if you can power through it back to back, but I get full!

Look at the Flower & Garden passport beforehand | Decide what your must-try items are. Find their locations and plan your food accordingly. We usually start in Canada and make our way around the countries. Obviously you can do it your normal way, but you can plan your stops based on your normal Epcot route!

What are your tips and tricks to Flower & Garden Festival? Let me know in the comments below! 
XOXO 
Miranda 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Dose of Disney: Flower and Garden Festival Food Review


I ate a bunch of food and drinks from the Flower and Garden Festival when I went last year in 2017. A lot of the same food is back for this years festival! So, I thought I'd give my reviews on everything I ate last year as a guide for anyone heading to Flower & Garden this year... 

Frushi | location Japan at Hanami | I normally don't eat sushi. But, fruit sushi is something I can get behind! Fruit is one of my favorite types of food so I was so excited to try this! It has pineapple, cantaloupe, and strawberries wrapped in rice. This treat was super tasty and sweet. If you like fruit I totally recommend you trying frushi! Plus this is one of the most hyped treats at the festival, because it is so pretty and perfect for photos!


Berry Buckle | location The Berry Basket | Holy yum! This dessert was also delicious. It was a berry crumble like dessert with a scoop of pepper berry gelato. It was so refreshing but decedent at the same time. I was worried about the pepper berry gelato at first, but it proved to be very tasty.


La Vie En Rose | location France Fleur de Lys | My favorite drink of the Flower & Garden Festival was for sure the La Vie En Rose in France. It is an alcoholic slush with vodka, cranberry juice, and a few other juices. I can't describe the taste but it is oh so good!!! Also, this drink is so pretty and perfect for photo ops, I know I'm all about the photo. But, this drink is to pretty not to snap a few pictures.


Chocolat Rasberry macaron | location France | Again, another great dessert. Who doesn't love a macaron? This was a giant macaron perfect to split with friends or family! It looks like this year they have a chocolate macaron lollipop, which I'm sure will be just as good. The dessert area in France has other macaron flavors if you're looking for something more specific!

Cider | location U.K. at the Cider House | At the U.K. pavilion we opted for the cider flight which featured 3 ciders. Ciders are one of my favorite alcoholic beverages, I enjoyed all of the ciders in the flight! I am not sure if it is the exact same ciders for 2018, but I'm sure they are still fabulous.


House-made Potato and Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare | Location U.K. at the Cider House | This is basically half a review, because I don't eat salmon, but the biscuit was very tasty! I love a good cheddar biscuit and this one was mighty tasty. I had a little taste of my brother's dish but I know he enjoyed it!


Violet Lemonade | location Pineapple Promenade | The STAR of Flower & Garden Festival the famous Violet Lemonade. I cannot describe this stuff, but it is so darn good. Perfectly purple and amazing this frozen drink is so refreshing! It's a must try.

Strawberry Tiramisu | location Italy | They did not bring this treat back for 2018, but it was pretty tasty! Now there is a different dessert in the Italy Primavera Kitchen that I might have to try out. 

What are your favorite things to eat at Flower & Garden Festival? Let me know in the comments below! 
XOXO 
Miranda 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Dose of Disney: What I'm wearing on my Disney trip!

Hello friends! On today's Dose of Disney post I'm sharing all of the details for what I'm planning to wear at Disney. I'm still waiting on some pieces, but this is the bulk of my outfits I'm bringing to the parks for my week long girl's trip with my mom. I thought it would be fun to give you a peek as to what I am bringing, and give you as many outfit details as possible. Some of the pieces are a few months old or were limited releases. So, they aren't all available to purchase. But, I linked items that are similar or the website they are from! 

 

I am so excited for these two looks! I am a crazy person and am planning outfit changes while at the parks. Obviously that is not necessary, but for picture wise I want to get a ton of cute pictures to use for Instagram and blogposts. These outfits are super simple to re-create. Jadelynn Brooke has a ton of cute Disney inspired tees and they are so comfy. I love all of the bright colors they use, plus they are subtle but still super fun! I'm pairing both of these tees with simple white chino shorts with a pair of fun ears. These Sleeping Beauty Ears from Aloha Ear Design are so cute. The best part is they glow in the dark! 

Where it's from: 
Princess pink tee | Jadelynn Brooke (similar)
My Happy Place tee | Jadelynn Brooke (other color)
Shorts | J. Crew 
Sleeping Beauty ears | Aloha Ear Design 
Denim ears | Shop House of Mouse 
Bracelets | Alex and Ani & Pandora 


One day of the trip at Magic Kingdom I'm going full blown Beauty & the Beast theme! We always go to Be Our Guest for lunch so I'm planning on wearing these looks that day. Beauty & the Beast is one of my favorite movies, so I have a ton of fun pieces inspired by the film. Pairing a fun tee with a more dressy short is a fun way to create a cool Disney style of your own! 

Where it's from: 
Beast jersey tee | Lost Bros. 
Seersucker shorts | Lauren James 
Beauty & the Beast ears | Aloha Ear Design (similar pair)
Tale as old as Time tee | The Mainstreet Press 
Floral shorts | J. Crew 


Another day at Magic Kingdom I am going Pixar crazy. My Monsters Inc. inspired look is probably the one I am most excited for. Monsters Inc. is BY FAR my favorite movie. So I am going a little cray withe the Mike Wazowski styling, but no shame. Then my other look is inspired by Woody! I love how this tee matches this Lilly skort. 

Where it's from: 
Monsters jersey tee | Lost Bros. 
Monsters Inc. baseball jersey | Walt's Wardrobe 
White shorts | J. Crew 
Cowboys jersey tee | Lost Bros. 
Floral skort | Lilly Pulitzer 
Diamond Ears | Wicked Ears 


The Three Caballeros is my family's favorite ride, so when I saw this Walt's Wardrobe tee from a while back the whole fam needed them. I'm wearing it solo on this trip, but it will be making an appearance when we go as a whole family a year from now. The striped shorts give me major Donald vibes, so it is perfect for Three Caballeros! I'm planning on wearing this to Epcot to get pictures in front of my fav ride. 

Where it's from: 
Three Caballeros tee | Walt's Wardrobe 
Shorts | J. Crew 
Epcot ears | Aloha Ear Design  (Grand + Miraculous set)


Oooooooooh! I love the aliens from Toy Story, so when I saw this adorable tee I had to pick it up. Pairing the tee with fun purple Lilly shorts gives it a preppy feel. To top of the look I'm wearing my fun diamond ears that sparkle like no other. This will be the perfect look for Hollywood Studios! We are missing the Toy Story Land opening, but I am kind of okay with it because that place is going to be bananas when that goes down. 

Where it's from: 
Shorts | Lilly Pulitzer 
Diamond ears | Wicked Ears 


Ciao from my favorite Tokyo Disney character Gelatoni! This tee is inspired by the little painter cat that is very well known in Tokyo Disney. I love the pastel colors paired with this seersucker skort. 

Where it's from: 
Skort | Lilly Pulitzer 
Ears | Disney Parks 


All of the Animal Kingdom vibes with these two looks! I plan on wearing the jersey over the safari inspired tank and then taking it off later in the day for an easy outfit change. I'm a 90s baby so when I saw the Pocahontas jersey with 95' on the back I was obsessed. Plus Meeko is the cutest little sidekick ever. Then of course you need a little cheetah print while at Animal Kingdom!  

Where it's from: 
Cheetah Minnie monogram tank | Pretty Little Monograms (similar)
Shorts | Topshop 
Cheetah ears | Floofy Arts 
Pocahontas jersey | Box Lunch 
Black skirt | American Apparel 
Crotchet ears | The Mad Hatear  
Rose bag | Danielle Nicole 


The final outfit I am sharing is this very Mickey look! I got this skirt from Cath Kidston a while back and shared it in a Rock the Dots style post. But, I am planning to wear it to the parks as well. Paired with this fun Mickey tee it's gonna be a super classic Disney style look. 

Where it's from: 
Mickey tee | Once Upon Apparel 
Skirt | Cath Kidston 
Mickey ears | Floofy Arts (similar pair)

There are a few other items and outfits I am bringing for Flower & Garden, but I am still waiting on some of it! So, I guess those will just have to be surprises! But, to give you an idea... below are some links to what else I am bringing to Disney. I always bring sweatshirts because it gets chilly at night. Also, you should always bring some sort of rain gear to be prepared for any showers that may happen in the parks. 

Other things I'm wearing.... 
Floral Drink Around the World tee | Lost Bros 
Minnie monogramed pop-over | Pretty Little Monograms
Violet lemonade monogramed tee | Pretty Little Monograms 
Flower & Garden floral monogramed pop-over | Pretty Little Monograms 
Flower & Garden lavender rain jacket | Pretty Little Monograms

Which outfit is your favorite? Let me know in the comments! Be sure to check back after my trip to see all of these looks in action! 
XOXO 
Miranda