Friday, December 13, 2019

Sew Cute Holiday: College Girl Gift Guide

CLEAR STADIUM BAG | Stadium bags are a college essential these days. Back when I went to school we could still bring in whatever bag we wanted. Those were the good old days.... Now stadiums require clear bags upon entry. So, you might as well gift a super cute clear bag for the student in your life! My favorite brand is Kelly Wynne for stadium approved bags. But, there are a ton of cute options out there that would make a great holiday gift. 

FUZZY SOCKS | I mean I think we can all agree everyone loves fuzzy socks. But, these come in handy for cold dorm rooms or apartments. I am eyeing this pair of Barefoot Dreams socks. They are so dang fuzzy and warm! 

LEGGINGS | Most college girls live in leggings, which make them a great gift option! You can either splurge on a nice pair of Beyond Yoga leggings or opt for a more moderate brand like Zella. Personally I am a huge fan of Zella leggings. They are great quality and are the fraction of brands like Lululemon. 

COZY BLANKET | A warm cozy blanket is a great gift to complete any college dorm or apartment! I've linked a few of my favorites. You really can't go wrong with any of them. I have the tassel blanket and it is super soft and looks great even as a decorative throw. 

BEANIE | If the college girl you're shopping for is in a cold climate a cute beanie is a must have gift! You can pick up a fashionable beanie or opt for a beanie sporting their college logo. I love Love Your Melon for collegiate beanies!
Topshop beanie | faux fur beanie | Barefoot Dreams beanie | Barbour beanie

HAIR ACCESSORIES | Between hair clips and headbands hair accessories are all the rage this season. Pick up a few fun hair accessories for stocking stuffers! Whether you want to splurge on Lele Sadoughi or opt for an affordable pack off of Amazon the possibilities are endless.
velvet headband | Amazon prime hair clips | customizable hair clip | crystal beaded headband 

GIFT CARDS | My go-to gift for college students is gift cards. Pick up gift cards for their favorite coffee shop on campus, their go-to local restaurant, or give them some cash to spend at the bars. Either way it's free food or coffee which is a win for them! 

RESUABLE WATERBOTTLE | I lived for reusable water bottles during school. It was the easiest way to have water while you're walking around campus or studying at the library. Most campuses have water fountain stations where you can even fill them up! This gift is helpful, but also friendly.
holographic Swell | Hydro Flask | Vita Jewel water bottle | fun water bottle 

What was your favorite gift you used during college? I loved all of my dorm decor pieces I was gifted from friends! Let me know your favorite in the comments. 

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Sew Cute Holiday: Guy Gift Guide

laptop bag | quilted jacket | dopp kit | slippers (on sale!) 

I say this every year, but it still holds true... guys are so hard to shop for. I'm not sure why but they just are. I always struggle with picking out guy gifts! But, I've rounded up some fun and useful gift ideas for the guys still on your list. 

My boyfriend is pretty much obsessed with glassware. From decanters to shot glasses he loves it all. He has this Pottery Barn decanter and loves it. You can even customize it with an initial or monogram! I also love this set of Tiffany shot glasses. I picked these up for him to match his Tiffany decanter. Other drink themed gift ideas include some whisky stones, a cocktail theme coffee table book, or simply pick up a bottle of their favorite booze! 

Clothing is another easy gift idea for your guy. Undershirts I think specifically, or really any item of clothing they don't want to spend money on themselves. Who knew undershirts were so expensive, yet again ladies have to buy a lot of expensive things so I don't really feel too bad! 

For a guy in a cold weather climate a new quilted jacket, set of leather gloves, or a cozy scarf is a great gift idea. This Barbour polarfleece lined jacket is my boyfriends go-to during the winter. It looks sharp plus is super warm and comfortable. 

Other great gift ideas are for the world traveler. Whether it be a customized passport holder and luggage tag, a new work bag, a fun dopp kit for toiletries, or even a cufflink travel case. A lot of guys travel for work so any of these ideas are sure to please! 

There you have it! Those are my guy gift ideas this year. What are your go-to guy gifts? Let me know in the comments! 

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Sew Cute Holiday: Chuck's Gift Guide

Chuck is taking over the blog today! He is sharing some fun dog gifts (for humans and pups) plus some fun Frenchie items. 

He's loving all of these fun Frenchie gifts for humans. Who doesn't need a cute little French Bulldog notebook, book ends, or maybe a sleeping mask. These are great gift for any Frenchie owner or fan. I picked up this adorable dog photo holder from Kohls recently and it is darling. The perfect little desk accessory for your office. 

Pajamas are a great gift for humans and pets alike. I'm obsessed with this all I want for Christmas is dogs set. I picked it up from Target and it is soooo soft. Then I had to include this pair of pink Frenchie pajama pants from J. Crew Factory. I bought them maybe 1-2 years ago and I love them. Super cozy flannel and perfect for lounging around. For the dogs you can pink up a fun onsie style pajama from Nordstrom or get matching pjs for the whole family at Target! 

Chuck's favorite winter essential is his Barbour dog coat. He is always sporting this once the weather gets cold. It's not only stylish but warm! This would make a great gift for any pup on your list. Chuck loves getting new collars so he included a fun Mickey style then a more neutral option as well. Collars are a fun affordable stocking stuffer great for your pup. 

Chuck and myself are pumped for the Snoopy pop up at Nordstrom! There are a ton of fun dog gifts available including this fun Snoopy sweatshirt. You can shop it online or in store. 

Do you have a dog? Let me know their name and breed in the comments! I hope you all enjoyed Chuck's top gift picks of the season. 

Friday, December 6, 2019

Sew Cute Holiday: Prime Gift Guide

Amazon is a great resource for gifts! I mean who doesn't love free 1 day shipping? Where are all of my last minute shoppers at because Amazon is probably going to be a huge help for you! You can pretty much buy anything on Amazon now so it can be your non-stop resource for all of your holiday shopping. 

Today, I've pulled together some fun gifts that are all available on Amazon Prime. These are all pretty random I have to say. But, I think any of them would make great gifts! I mean an avocado blanket, pineapple shaped diffuser, or a fun tech gift? You can get any type of person checked off your list with a little Amazon shopping. The best part is most of these gifts are under $100 so they are budget friendly as well. 

Will you be doing any holiday shopping on Amazon? Let me know in the comments! 

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Coat Guide: Surviving the Midwest Winter

Whenever I travel people always ask where I am from. When I say Chicago 75% of the time they say how could you live there?? It's so cold! Well my answer is I honestly don't know anything else. I've lived in the Chicago suburbs my entire life then went to college in Iowa which is the same climate. It's all about what you know I guess! Since I've lived here for quite some time I've gotten the hang of surviving the cold winters, well as best as one can. Today, I'm going over some of my go-to coats of the season and some cold weather accessories that are essential to living in the Midwest! 

Whether you already live in the Midwest, planning a visit, or moving to the area I hope you can find some cold weather pieces to help you survive the season... 

WATERPROOF JACKET | A heavy waterproof jacket is a must in the Midwest. This Bute jacket is my all time favorite jacket! It is stylish, warm, and waterproof. With a faux vest, good pockets, and a fun hood this jacket is a winner. Normally I wear this jacket into negative degrees. That is when I'll pull out my parka. But, this jacket lasts me a good chunk of the winter season!

PUFFER | I love a good puffer coat. Thanks to working for an outerwear based company I have many. Honestly Barbour puffer coats are underrated! This maroon style (pictured above) has been my favorite this season. It's super cute and has a little bit of style to it. Plus it is super comfy, it feels like I am wrapped up in a sleeping bag. Which, I think is what everyone wants to be honest. 

PARKA | At a certain point in the winter everyone from the Midwest pulls out their black parka and calls it quits. Honestly when it feels like -60 you have to wear something heavy duty. I opt for my black North Face parka I have had since college. They are an investment but they really hold up! Plus they are usually waterproof which helps protect you from any snow, freezing rain, hail, you name it! 

WAX JACKET | Barbour wax jackets are a great piece to have during the early winter months. You can add a zip in liner to add extra warmth or layer with a sweater. The wax fabric acts as a natural tech fabric that blocks the wind. Which if you've ever met someone from the Midwest they have probably said, "It wouldn't be bad without the wind!". A wax jacket helps with that. 

CHUNKY SCARF | There is nothing better then wrapping yourself up in a chunky fuzzy scarf. I've linked a few of my favorites at the bottom of this post. Being from the Midwest I have quite the extensive scarf collection, but I love a good boucle scarf. You can wear them as a wrap or with your coat. 

MITTENS | I picked up these super cute faux fur mittens on a trip to Minneapolis this fall! I am so pumped to wear them this winter. I love a cute pair of mittens to survive the cold. These are especially great because you can roll them down to text or use your fingers if needed. If I'm not wearing mittens I am honestly wearing $5 mittens from Target. No shame! Anything will do the trick as long as your hands are covered.  

BEAN BOOTS | I wear my Bean Boots all fall and winter. They are great for when the ground is wet or snowy. Plus they are a little more stylish than your average snow boot. Sorel boots are also known to be great in the snow! I'm still trying to pick out what pair I want to test out this winter so stay tuned. 

UGGS | As basic as Uggs are they are honestly an essential in the Midwest. No shame! I wear my Uggs during the winter to run errands or go for a casual meal. Or honestly when I am just cold. If you have an Ugg outlet near you be sure to check it out for good deals! Nordstrom Rack has always had some good Ugg deals this season. 

There you have it! Those are my winter essentials to survive the Midwest winter. From coats to cold weather accessories these are all my go-to items to survive Chicago. 

Monday, December 2, 2019

Sew Cute Holiday: Cyber Monday Deals

KENDRA SCOTT | 25% off everything plus select styles only $30. 

LILLY PULITZER | Get $20 off for every $100 you spend. They never do sales like this!!

MIRANDA FRYE | 20% off everything with the code MFCM19. 

T3 MICRO | Get an extra 25% off site wide and select tools already marked down. 

PACKED PARTY | Up to 80% off the entire site! No code needed, prices as marked. 

COLE HAAN | Up to 60% off plus an extra 10% off. Most of my shoes are Cole Haan and they are a go-to for me. 

JADELYNN BROOKE | My go to preppy tee brand is having 25% off site wide with the code CYBER19. They have some great Christmas tees! 

NORDSTROM | Tons of items marked down, so take advantage to get all of your holiday shopping done. 

KELLY WYNNE | My favorite clear stadium bag brand is having a sale! Up to 50% off sale items plus 25% off everything else. This bag is super similar to the bag I wore to the Jonas Brothers Concert. 

J CREW | Everything is still 50% off over at J. Crew. Use the code MONDAY at checkout. 

J CREW FACTORY | 60% off everything plus an extra 10% off!! 

What Cyber Monday deals are you shopping? I've also linked a few of my favorite picks below! 

Sew Cute Holiday: Christmas Pajamas

Getting cozy is the best time of the day, especially during the holidays. I love some comfy pajama bottoms and matching sets! So today I rounded up a ton of cute pajamas that would be perfect for Christmas morning or for the holiday season in general! I've seen some really great pajamas so far this season. From Target's matching family sets to cozy options at Aerie tis the season to get cozy! 

What is your favorite place to get cozy pajamas? Let me know in the comments!