Friday, January 17, 2020

Weekly Picks vol. 2



Happy Friday! Today is another installment in my weekly picks series. This week has honestly been crazy. I flew home from a weekend trip to PA on Sunday night. Got home at 10pm to re-pack to head to Atlanta the next morning. Woke up at around 5:30am to get to the airport and fly to Atlanta for work. Then I flew back home on Tuesday night and didn't get home until midnight. Finally Thursday I flew to New York for my big work trade show. So, to say it's been a crazy travel week would be an understatement. 

Naturally, I have to include one travel item in this post! I've been using this Stoney Clover Lane x Loveshackfancy pouch a ton recently. I'm obsessed with the bow print and this is my go-to size Stoney Clover pouch. The past few trips I've been using it to hold random essentials like my phone charger, lip balm, tissues, camera battery charger, and other items. 

Another item I've been using this week is my go-to moisturizer from Peter Thomas Roth. I'm telling you this is the only moisturizer you need this winter. Flying so much dries out my skin. This cream does the trick to get my skin back on track. After a long day of traveling I always refresh my skin with this. 

This week I wanted to highlight a few random finds like these Amazon pearl headbands. I know Lele Sadoughi headbands are a splurge, so I wanted to share a more affordable option. There are a ton of different colors available on Amazon. So, the possibilities are endless. Then I wanted to highlight that J. Crew is having up to 50% off cashmere right now! They have so many pretty color options for under $100. Another cozy find this week is this Barefoot Dreams blanket. I'm currently wrapped up in mine as I write this post! One of the softest blankets I won, and perfect for the cold weather ahead. 

With a busy work week ahead I have to share my go-to planner. Emily Ley released her new planners that go from January-December. This is my all time favorite functional planner. For sure keeps me organized during my busy season at work! 

Lately, no outfit of mine is complete without a Little Words Project bracelet. They are so fun to stack and layer with my other favorites. I posted my travel jewelry box on Instagram this week which was filled with them! 

And of course I HAVE to share that the Jonas Brothers have a new song out! So be sure to listen to it because that is all I'll be listening to today. Not even mad about it. 

That's a wrap on my weekly picks of the week! Be sure to shop my picks on the bottom of this post. 
XOXO 
Miranda 


Thursday, January 16, 2020

OOTD: Lavender Love


I have lots of love for lavender. Purple is actually my favorite color! But, I rarely find great purple clothing pieces to add to my wardrobe. I've had this blazer for a while but it's one of my favorite purple pieces. It's from the original Halogen x Atlantic Pacific collection at Nordstrom. I've found super similar options for a wide range of price ranges. They are all linked at the bottom of this post! 


The length is kind of in between a blazer and a coat. Which makes it a great indoor outdoor piece! Randomly in the middle of winter it was in the 60s so I layered this blazer with a sweater for a "warm weather" look. Using blazers as both a layering piece and outerwear piece doubles the use of them in your closet. 

Naturally I had to pair this look with a headband! I opted for my first ever Lele Sadoughi headband. This classic pearl style is a go-to of mine. It's white, classic, and pearls are a staple for me. 


I paired this blazer with my go-to sweater of the season. The best part is it is currently on sale! It has really pretty crystal button details on the shoulders too. It's a great basic sweater that will go with everything in your wardrobe. I've been wearing it on repeat this season!


Where it's from: 
Blazer: Nordstrom (old) (similar) (similar budget option
Jeans: Paige
Boots: Cole Haan 
Sweater: J. Crew
Headband: Lele Sadoughi (similar)
Location: York, PA 


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


Friday, January 10, 2020

20 of My Favorite Things to Celebrate 2020


It is 2020! I can't believe it has been a decade since 2010... to me that is just crazy! In the past decade I have done a lot. Graduated high school, studied abroad, many internships, graduated college, got a job, traveled a TON, and so much more. Today I wanted to share 20 of my favorite things to ring in the new 2020 year. These aren't necessarily favorite things from the entire decade, but they are for sure favorites from the past year! They are not just items but also things, bands, services, and more. Everything on this list I truly love and I'm excited to share with you. Most of these things you will probably not be surprised about because I have probably mentioned on the blog or on Instagram in some shape or form this year. 


STONEY CLOVER LANE | It is literally no secret that I have an obsession with Stoney Clover Lane. But, their stuff is just to dang good not to be obsessed with honestly. If you haven't jumped on the SCL bandwagon yet then you are seriously missing out. I feel like I've introduced this brand to people and then they fall in love. From their aesthetic to products everything is on point for me. You can bet you will be seeing a lot more SCL content next year (don't you worry). You can shop my favorite SCL picks below.
purple floral duffle bag | small pouch | mini pouch | black backpack | clear open top 

NIALL HORAN | I am legit the biggest fan girl for Niall, and another band on my top 20 list. Niall is releasing a new album in 2020 and I cannot wait. Recently I saw him at Jingle Ball in Chicago and he was truly amazing. You can see my IGTV video from the concert here. I have tickets to see him in Chicago on May 9th, 2020 and I am literally counting down the days! Can't wait to see what he does in the next year and the next decade for that matter. P.S. Stream Nice to Meet Ya and Put a Little Love On Me because they are AMAZING!!

GRANDMILLENNIAL STYLE | If you know me personally you know I am basically a grandma. So, when I saw this new trend of Grandmillennial Style I was so on board. Basically it is all things ornate, lace covered, bows, you name it. One of the key brands I think of when I think of this style is Loveshackfancy. Which, is my newest obsession. Catch me living my best Grandmillennial style in the next decade. You can shop my Grandmillennial style picks below if you want to join the grandma movement with me. You can read the original Grandmillennial article here.


HEADBANDS | Another not so secret obsession of mine is headbands. More specifically Lele Sadoughi headbands. Someone who was new at work legit asked if I always wore a headband, that's how much I wear them. They literally make every outfit that much better. Plus, if you are having a bad hair day, boom done. No outfit is complete without a headband for me now. You can shop my favorite headbands below!
pearl statement headband | crystal headband | faux leather headband | beaded knot headband

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES | I am a Southwest girl through and through. I don't know what it is but I HATE flying American or United. If you didn't know I travel a ton for work. So, I've been on just about every airline: Southwest, Delta, American, United, British Airways, and so on. But, I am basically 100% a Southwest girl. If you are looking to take a trip personally I cannot recommend them enough. You get TWO free checked bags which is huge for me plus there isn't first class everyone is in the same boat. There is nothing worse then boarding an American flight and you are in the last damn group. Plus Southwest is almost always so much cheaper, why would I pay twice the amount to basically get the same thing then have to pay for a checked bag? No thank you! From a traveling pro, Southwest is my preferred airline. So thanks Southwest for the 30+ flights I took this year alone.

GOLD JEWELRY | I've always had a thing for gold jewelry and gold everything to be honest. I read somewhere that with my skin tone I should be wearing silver. But, I don't. Let's just say I don't like following those kind of rules, wear what you want! Some of my favorite gold jewelry pieces this year have been Miranda Frye charms and this bracelet + my Monica Vinader bracelet that I wear everyday.

TWO FACED BORN THIS WAY FOUNDATION | I've been using this foundation for at least 3 years I think. I honestly cannot remember when I started using it! I've probably re-purchased it at least 4 times throughout the past few years. It's now my go-to foundation. If they stop making it I am really going to be in trouble guys. It is the perfect amount of coverage and doesn't feel cakey. I prefer a full coverage foundation, but this one is pretty buildable. Use a beauty blender for lighter coverage or a foundation brush for heavier coverage.


THE JONAS BROTHERS | The Jonas Brothers are back together!!! 2019 brought the best news EVER, and that being that the Jonas Brothers are back in action. To say I was a Jonas Brother fan would be an understatement. Prior to my One Direction days I was a full blown Jonas fanatic. I've had Nick Jonas's birthday memorized for the past 10 years if that tells you anything (it's September 16th if you were wondering). I was lucky enough to go to multiple shows of their Happiness Begins tour including Nashville, Chicago night 1, Chicago night 2, plus Jingle Ball in Chicago. AND OF COURSE I freaking met the Jonas Brothers in Chicago! Honestly, the highlight of my year by far. One of the best few days ever and I wouldn't trade it for anything. So, thank you the Jonas Brothers for coming back! I can't wait to see what you guys do in 2020.

DISNEY + | Did you guys know I like Disney? Just kidding, of course you did. Then it is probably no surprise that Disney + is on my list of favorite things. I mean COME ON GUYS this is the best thing to ever happen (except the Jonas Brothers getting back together). I've been binging my favorite old school Disney Channel shows like Lizzie McGuire, Suite Life of Zach and Cody, Even Stevens, and more! Plus, it's been great to watch some Disney movies I haven't watched in so long. And don't even get me started on Disney Original Movies. Let's just say I've been busy binging. I plan on continuing the binging in 2020, don't you worry.

HERMES BRACELET | My Hermes Clic Clac has probably been one of my most worn pieces in the past year or so. I got it as a Christmas gift and basically wear it everyday. It is obviously an investment piece but it really will never go out of style. I picked a simple white bracelet to start off as it matches everything, and I wear it with anything. Works in winter, summer, spring, fall you name it!

GUCCI CROSSBODY | Another investment piece on my list is my Gucci crossbody bag. Again, this was a gift but I wear it so often. It really is the perfect size. Fits my two phones, wallet, lipstick, and lip balm. Fun fact: I really don't carry that much! This bag I think is classic and can work for casual looks or dressier occasions. Would for sure recommend it to anyone looking to invest in a great bag.

ZELLA LEGGINGS | Working from home means I am usually wearing leggings and a sweatshirt. These are my favorite leggings of the moment. Zella is a Nordstrom owned brand and it is honestly my favorite brand to get leggings from. They are high quality but you don't have to pay the prices at Lululemon.



GAL MEETS GLAM DRESSES | As a petite gal it is almost impossible to find a good dress that actually FITS. I've finally found the perfect source for dresses for anytime of the year, Gal Meets Glam. One of my favorite bloggers launched a dress line and I was obsessed from the beginning. I've gotten a ton of dresses from the line and they all fit beautifully. Both petite and non-petite styles fit me great. If you are a shorter gal I highly recommend checking them out. I've purchased directly from her site or from Nordstrom. Sometimes I even find them on sale at Nordstrom Rack!

TRAVELING | Kind of a no brainer that traveling is one of my favorites of the year or really the decade. I love to travel, I just love exploring new places and seeing new things. Plus, I get to travel for my job so that makes it even easier to cross things off my travel bucket list. In 2019 I visited Lexington, KY, Wisconsin, Minneapolis, MN, Michigan, Las Vegas, NV, New York, Denver, CO, Disneyland, Disney World, Baltimore, MD, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and I think that's it.... Clearly been on a lot of adventures! Can't wait to continue to travel  in the next decade.


DISNEY | Another not so secret favorite is Disney of course! Whether it be visiting Disney, Disney Style, or now watching Disney + I love all things Disney. This past year I was able to go to both Disney World and Disneyland which was awesome! I haven't been to Disneyland in a long time until recently. It's really a fun and different experience from Disney World. But, Disney World will always feel like home.

SKINCARE | A obsession of mine this year has been skincare! I love testing out new things and sticking with some of my favorite products. Some of my go to brands are Peter Thomas Roth, Drunk Elephant, and other smaller Korean Beauty brands! I mean who doesn't love unwinding with a face mask? I always carry at least one with me while I travel.
Green Releaf Sleep Cream | Liquid Facial Soap | Drunk Elephant Jelly Cleanser | Cloud Cream 

AWAY LUGGAGE | My Away suitcase is probably the best investment I have ever made. The Bigger Carry-On is pretty much the only carry on suitcase I will ever use ever again. It is amazing people! If you are questioning making the plunge, I cannot recommend it enough. If you travel often it is for sure worth it. There are so many great features plus a ton of good color options! You can use this invite link to get $20 off your first order.

PHOTO EDITING APPS | This year I discovered the good of a preset for my photos. They just streamline everything and make my feed and photos look cohesive. I love this preset I got off of Etsy it adds a pinky vintage feel to my photos! I then use Lightroom to edit all of my photos. Again, it just makes everything streamline. You can get a free version of Lightroom for your phone if you want to test it out! I've also found some great free presets off of Pinterest if you don't quite want to commit to buying one yet.


ATLANTIC PACIFIC X HALOGEN COLLECTION | One of my favorite bloggers Blair came out with a collection partnered with Halogen at Nordstrom. This collection is literally my style wrapped into clothes. From bow adorned blouses to sparkly numbers I have been obsessed since the first collection. I wear these pieces on repeat! Structured blazers, cozy soft sweaters, and show stopping fun holiday pieces are now a part of my wardrobe thanks to this collection! So far she's done about three collections and I think there are more on the way. You can count on me shopping the upcoming collections!


LONDON | It is no surprise that London is included in my list of favorite things. London is by far my favorite city in the world. I've been able to visit it 3 times in this decade. One of which I studied abroad there for about 4 months. By far the best experience of my college career! London will never get old for me. There is so much to explore, eat, shop, and an amazing amount of culture. It's crazy to me how old London is compared to America. Obviously it existed far before us! If you can go to any European country I can't recommend a trip to London enough. You can check out my super in depth London travel guide here. I legit had been working on that post for years. But, I wanted to make sure every possible thing I have done was included!

There you have it! Those are my 20 favorite things to kick off 2020. I am so excited to start off the new decade and have tons of new adventures, favorites, and try lots of new things. Cheers to 2020! 
XOXO 
Miranda 

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Weekly Picks vol. 1



Welcome to a new weekly blog series for 2020! Each week I am going to share my weekly picks. These will be items I either discovered this week, using this week, or just random things I'd like to share. For 2020 I want to create more consistent blog series so you guys can always expect something each week (or most weeks at least). This weekly post gives me the freedom to mix things up and share things as they come up! 

In this weeks addition I am sharing some items I have been using a ton this week and last week. First up is my go to acne spot treatment. I have legit been using this Neutrogena spot treatment since the dawn of time. I'm talking middle school or high school. I notice a difference overnight when I use this product. My skin has not been cooperating with me this week, ugh. So, I've been using this a ton recently. Another acne fighting product I've found are these Peace Out acne dots. This set includes a few things and I may just have to pick it up. I got these Peace Out acne dots in my Sephora Play subscription and quickly saw how good they are. I for sure need to stock up on these guys! Another go-to product of the week is my Two Faced Born This Way Foundation. This foundation has been saving me from these awful zits I've had! Really does a great job covering it up without feeling cakey. 

Another thing I'd like to highlight this week is a sale over at Dagne Dover. They are doing up to 25% seasonal items. Dagne Dover is one of my go-to brands for travel bags! This is a great time to get something you may have been eyeing because you can get seasonal colors at a discount. J. Crew is also having a great sale right now. Get 40% off their sale items including one of my favorite sweaters of the winter. This bejeweled sweater is so cute and I love the sleeve detail. Aerie is also having an AMAZING sale. This light blue sweater I've been wearing on repeat is under $25. That is insane! 

Then the last item on this weekly round up is a fun Bachelor sweatshirt to get you in the mood for the new season! Anyone else watching?? My early favorites were Kelley and Hannah Ann but then they got a little cray. So, I'm not sure who my favorites are. I will say I really like Madison and Victoria P! So they seem promising. 

Those are my weekly picks! I hope you enjoyed this first post of this new series. Be on the lookout each week for my weekly picks! 
XOXO 
Miranda 

Monday, January 6, 2020

Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale

This is my top Lilly look I've ever worn! I bought this back in 2016 or 2017 I think! This is me outside a Lilly signature store in Naples, FL. 

It's that time of year again. It's the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale! This year I won't be shopping since I really don't need anything. Last season I said that and I ended up buying a few things #oops. But, this year I really do mean it! But, I did go through the sale and round up some of my top picks. I tried to focus on pieces that are pretty neutral that really anyone could wear. So ever if you don't like Lilly you may like some of these pieces. Even one of the dresses I picked up last year is included again.

For example if you are looking for a great white dress this sale is the perfect time to pick one up! Whether you need it for a bachelorette party, bridal shower, or for sorority functions Lilly does a great white dress. 

Previous Blogposts on the After Party Sale: 

Here are my picks for the winter 2020 Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale.... 




Are you shopping the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale? Let me know in the comments! 
 XOXO
Miranda

Trend Alert: Hair Accessories


Hair accessories have been my favorite trend recently. Whether it's hair bows, headbands, or barrettes, I am all about it! I love that a simple hair accessory can really complete an outfit. Plus it's an easy way to update your current wardrobe and make it a little more trendy. By pairing a classic sweater with a statement hair accessory you instantly transform the look! 

Or in my case I added a pearl embellished hair bow to an already embellished sweater. You can honestly never have too many pearls in my opinion! 

I've linked a few of my hair accessory picks below! What is your favorite way to style hair accessories? Let me know in the comments. 
XOXO 
Miranda 


Monday, December 30, 2019

2019 Year in Review

Happy almost 2020! I can't believe it is the end of the decade. It is kind of crazy. I started the decade as basically a freshman in high school, and now I am a college graduate working in the real world. Time really does fly. In the past I have done lots of different re-cap like posts at the end of the year. This year I wanted to go month by month and remember some of the many things I did this year! It included a lot of travel, visiting friends, and of course lots of memories. I've also highlighted some of my favorite blogposts from each month! You can also see some of my past year in review posts below if you really want to walk down memory lane...... 

PAST YEAR IN REVIEW POSTS 

JANUARY 
I kicked off the year with my normal work trip to New York city in the middle of the month. Luckily the Mickey 90th exhibit was still open and I was able to go visit it while I was in town! Shout out to all of the staff there for taking super cute pictures of me because I went by myself. I also took a work trip to Dallas. January is usually a busy work month for me so there wasn't too much going on! Lots of fun and busy times during January 2019. 


FEBRUARY 
February is another busy work month for me! I went to Vegas for the Project show which you can see me at below. Then of course I have my big trade show for work in Chicago in February! Pretty much in the month of February I just worked. 

FAVORITE BLOGPOST | Tale as Old as Time Tea



MARCH 
March brought on some fun traveling! I went to LA for work and was able to explore a little more than I have in the past. I went to Rodeo Drive, the Beverly Hills Hotel, and walked around and explored. Another highlight was shopping the Stoney Clover Lane x Beverly Hills hotel collaboration pieces. I picked up a lot of cute cuties while shopping at the hotel! 



In March I also headed to Walt Disney World for about 8 days with my family! We did our full blown Disney routine including all 4 theme parks and lots of photos of course. Crowd wise we did not get so lucky as we were there during Mardi Gras which is apparently when everyone from the state of Louisiana comes to Disney World. We still had fun though!


APRIL 
In April my boyfriend and I traveled to Cancun, Mexico for our friend's wedding! Spent some time sitting by the pool and trying to relax, which I am not very good at. It was so nice to be there for our friends big day! 



MAY 
During the month of May I wasn't traveling as much for work so we were able to relax and enjoy living in the city for our last month of our lease. We visited some fun restaruants like Jojo's Milk Bar for fun giant milkshakes. Then we packed up a lot of stuff and headed back to the burbs. 

FAVORITE BLOGPOST | Purple potion spirit jersey


We also took an adventure down to Kansas City for our friends wedding reception. Visiting with friends we haven't seen in a while was awesome! I may have also requested Sucker by the Jonas Brothers at the reception.... 


JUNE 
June is always my favorite month, for a lot of reasons. But, mainly because it is my birthday! I turned 24 on June 19th. Chuck my little pup turned one years old on June 8th! Then I celebrated my 4th anniversary with my boyfriend Jeremy on June 22nd. To say June is a busy month is an understatement! 

FAVORITE BLOGPOST | My birthday wishlist


Below you can see Chuck celebrating his 1st birthday! My big boy is so grown up. He's not a puppy anymore, even though he still acts like one. 


At the beginning of the month we headed down to St. Louis for another friends wedding! We enjoyed their beautiful ceremony and reception then visited the St. Louis arch on our way out of town. On our way to the wedding I was actually trying to score Jonas Brother meet and greet tickets. Which, was probably the most stressful thing I did this year. But, I GOT THEM! Thanks to Jeremy to stopping at a Jimmy John's so I could connect to some internet. 

 

JULY 
My work started to pick up again in July as we prepped for the Spring Summer 2020 season. I headed to New York to spend a week there for my work trip. During the summer I try and take advantage of being in the city and do some exploring. I was able to head to The Met's fashion CAMP exhibit. Naturally, I had to take a picture on The Met steps in honor of Gossip Girl. This was also the same month I finally splurged on a Lele Sadoughi headband. Haven't looked back since!

FAVORITE BLOGPOST | Nordstrom Anniversary sale haul


We celebrated the 4th of July with friends and watched some great fireworks in the burbs!


AUGUST 
Lots of fun adventures in August. It was a very busy month! One of my good friends from college and study abroad came to visit. We went to one of the hottest new restaruants in Chicago and somehow got seated. Sipping on Aperol Spritz's we had an amazing view of the Chicago River. 

FAVORITE BLOGPOST | Casual shopping day outfit


Also in the month of August I headed to Vegas for a work trip. My mom tagged along and we got to explore Vegas more than I have ever before. Let's just say Vegas has some great photo opportunities. 


Then after my Vegas work trip we headed to Disneyland for a quick little weekend trip. One day at Disneyland then one day at California Adventure. I pretty much find any excuse to go to Disneyland if I'm close enough. 


SEPTEMBER 
September may have been my favorite month of the year. I kicked off the month with a girls trip with my best friend from middle school to Nashville. This was our first girls trip, and I think it will become a yearly tradition. We explored Nashville, ate some good food, took cute pictures, and watched a lot of Friends. 

FAVORITE BLOGPOST | Travel guide to London


Then we also saw the Jonas Brothers in Nashville! Seeing the Jonas Brothers together was pretty much a dream of ours since middle school. We both loved them so much that once we knew they were getting back together we had to go to a show. I then headed back home to Chicago to see the Jonas Brothers at both of their Chicago Shows at the United Center. We had amazing seats and I am so thankful for the amazing experiences I've had with my friends at the Happiness Begins Tour this year. 


THEN probably the highlight of my year, decade, and life I MET THE JONAS BROTHERS! I have dreamed of that moment since I was 11 years old. Now, over 10 years later it finally came true. I legit lost all words but I am happy I look normal in my meet and greet photo. 



The same month I met another one of my favorite artists Andy Grammer! This was my third Andy Grammer show but my first time meeting him. I had a fun night with friends and got to be front row at the concert. 



OCTOBER 
October was a busy travel month! The first weekend I headed to Denver, Colorado to visit my Big from my sorority and my best guy friend. We went out in Downtown Denver, went to brunch, visited Boulder, and attempted to be outdoorsy. Clearly I didn't get super into the Denver outdoor lifestyle, but I still had a blast! 

FAVORITE BLOGPOST | Apple Orchard OOTD


The rest of the month included a weekend trip to visit my friend in Minneapolis, Minnesota and a day trip to Washington D.C.. We explored Georgetown and ate a the yummiest restaurant. Then in Minnesota we explored a local downtown, ate brunch, and had a relaxing movie night. 


Then of course no October would be complete without a trip to the apple orchard! I did a ton of fun fall activities this month like visiting the apple orchard, heading to the arboretum, and the glass pumpkin patch event at the Morton Arboretum. I also took a work trip to Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa and was able to drive and see all of the fall leaves! Like I said lots and lots of travel in the month of October. 



NOVEMBER 
November was a chiller month and I didn't too many exciting things! I celebrate Thanksgiving with family and spent some time relaxing. Then I headed to the press preview of my favorite holiday event the Santa Baby Bar in Wrigleyville! 

FAVORITE BLOGPOST | My Christmas wishlist 



DECEMBER 
I closed out the year in December with lots of fun festive activities! The first week of the month I went to New York for a sales meeting for work. I was able to fight the crowds and go to see the Frozen windows at Saks. Although I wasn't there for long I was able to see some Christmas magic in the city. Then I saw Christmas Vacation and White Christmas in the movie theater. Also, binged a ton of Christmas movies all month long! 

FAVORITE BLOGPOST | Midwest winter must-haves


What is your favorite memory of 2019? Let me know in the comments! Cheers to another great year and another decade. 
XOXO
Miranda