Sunday, October 30, 2022

Sew Cute Holiday: Beauty Wishlist & Gift Guide


The Sephora Beauty sale is almost here for VIB members! I wanted to share things currently on my beauty wishlist. I have been dying for this One Size Mickey powder puff. How cute would this be to use at Disney? Or just everyday life to be honest. I've been loving my Dior Lip Oil in berry that I am eyeing it in other colors now. It really hydrates my lips but also gives a great color and shine. There are a few Rare Beauty sets I am eyeing as well. Everything I've tried from Rare Beauty I love so far. Their liquid blushes are next level. 

Be sure to shop the Sephora sale! The sale starts for VIB's on 11/1. What will you be picking up? 

Friday, October 28, 2022

Stoney Clover Saturday: One Day Sale! 25% off Stoney Clover


Stoney Clover Lane Saturday Sale is almost here! October 29th almost the entire Stoney Clover Lane website will be 25% off. This is their one and only site wide sale for the entire year. So if you have been eyeing something now is the time to purchase! Currently on my wishlist is the items listed above. I sat out of a lot of collections this fall, so I may or may not pick up some things that I missed during the sale. My number one item is the mini keychain wallet in flamingo. I bought a patch to go with it already so now I just need the wallet! + I have a little flamingo moment planned for my next Disney trip in March. I am also eyeing a scrunch bag because I don't have one yet. 

Below are all the SCL items I have been using a lot recently! Mostly the Disney Princess collection, which is included in the sale for the first time ever!!! This is a great time to pick up any Disney items you are looking at. Hopefully it will give you some inspiration on what to pick up!


My classic backpack is one of my favorite items to use at Disney! I paired it with the large Mickey & Minnie patches. My fanny pack is a Nashville exclusive, but you can re-create this look with a classic fanny pack. The MRS patches are flamingo glitter varsity letter patches! 


The cutest Aurora scrunchie! I always wear the scrunchies at Disney to tie back my hair during rides. 


Some of my favorite items to use at Disney! Classic backpack, a small pouch for essentials, and a mini pouch for must haves. 


I use my duffle bag almost every time I travel. It fits under most seats on an airplane as a personal item. I fly Southwest and I have never had an issue! It fits so much. Usually I put 1 large pouch, 1-2 smalls, my laptop, ipad, and other essentials. The luggage tags are underrated! They would make a great gift and are perfect for any bag or suitcase. 


I use the large pouch to hold Minnie ears during Disney trips. Also love using the large pouches to hold my Dyson Airwrap for travel or my headbands/ other hair accessories. Mini pouches I always use to keep essentials for the plane to have for easy access. 

How I pack my toiletries! I use a large pouch with 2 clear travel pouches inside for shampoo, body wash, etc. Then for my makeup I use a textured open top case. It has a mirror which is helpful for doing makeup in a hotel. Then I use a pencil case for my toothbrush and toothpaste. 

Answering some some commonly asked questions I get! 

Q: What item do you get the most use of if you could only have ONE thing? 
A: My most used pouch is the mini by far. It is great for everyday use or travel. Everyday you can use it in your work bag, purse, tote, school bag, gym bag, whatever you are using! I have a mini pouch for daily use to keep things like tissues, lipstick, lip balm, medicine, and other essentials. I also have a mini pouch that I use on the plane to keep all my plane essentials. When I get to my seat I take out the plane pouch and put it in the seat pocket. That way I don't have to dig through my bag to get things while on board! Also, the mini is one of the more affordable pouches. So I think it is a great place to start in general! 

Q: What are your favorite SCL core colors? 
A: Flamingo, grape, and sand. Also like lilac! 

Q: What are your favorite patches? 

Q: Best SCL item to give as a gift? 
A: Okay so I'm going to answer this in multiple parts because why not! Best stocking stuffer I would say is the luggage tag. I think the luggage tag anyone can use. Would make a great affordable gift, they are cute plain or with a patch, and can go with any bag or suitcase someone may already own! Best overall gift I would say is the small pouch. It is a happy medium between mini and large and is a good starter item for someone new or for someone who has a collection! Can be used for lots of different reasons. For someone on a budget I would say the clear travel pouch is also a good option! They are super cute plain and $34 so under $40!

Q: Is it worth the price? What sets it apart? 
A: Here is my thing with Stoney Clover, the quality is amazing! I've had a billion makeup bags prior to really investing in Stoney Clover. They last you a year, they get all gross, then you throw them away and go get another one. I've had some of my Stoney Clover Lane bags/ pouches for 4 years and I still use them! If they are dirty you can wipe them down, the zippers are AMAZING, and overall they just hold up very well.  Prior to SCL I used a Vera Bradley makeup bag and it got so ratchet so quick. But, my SCL bags have held up. I have to mention that I travel A LOT. Normally I travel probably every other week for work and take a personal trip or vacation every three months. So my price per use is much lower. If you travel once every 5 years it may not be worth it. For my case I am constantly traveling, packing, and I have to be organized or I'm a mess! That is also another way I think it is worth the price. Again if you don't travel a ton that may be different for you personally! Also want to mention I never recommend buying something you can't afford. No matter what it is! At the end of the day none of us NEED these pouches. They are fun and help keep us organized but not a necessity. If you are on a budget I suggest starting with a clear travel pouch. It is their most affordable pouch and can be used a ton of different ways! Start there and see if you like the brand then go from there! 

Q: Worried that things will sell out while I shop... any strategy you recommend for shopping? 
A: Last year I believe they "shut the site down" right before the sale launched. But, I would make sure you know EXACTLY what you want going into the sale. Place any items you want in the cart the day before the sale in case your cart will still be there! I honestly don't know if it will but worth the try. Create a Stoney Clover account ahead of time and put in your shipping and billing info for easy checkout. I would also plan on shopping the sale right when it opens (they have not released this time yet!). The earlier you shop the better. If you want items from limited edition collections I'd focus on those first. Core items are less likely to sell out, but still possible. Popular colors I feel like are: sand, noir, flamingo, grape, etc. So if you want those colors I'd also focus on those! If you are SUPER worried I would place two orders. Get your must haves in the first order then go back for more if needed. Obviously you will have to pay the shipping twice but that's a call to make on your end!  

Q: What SCL do you find yourself using the most?
A: I semi answered this already but my top used SCL items are: mini pouch, tote bag, fanny pack, and the clear travel pouch. I used my fanny a TON in the summer and at Disney. It'll be harder to use now that I have to wear a giant parka. I use the tote bag to bring mail to the post office, if I have to run an errand, or for overnight trips! Mini pouch and clear travel pouch I use every time I travel. I have two travel pouches one for toiletries and one for makeup. Then the mini pouches I kind of already explained! But I'd say right now I use those four items the most. It is kind of always changing though! 

Q: I'm new to SCL! What would you recommend for a first time buyer? 
A: This is hard to answer but I can walk you through my progression! 

 1) Start out with mini pouch and small pouch to start. Those were my first two! To save money start without any patches. You can always add patches. But, saving on the embroidery is helpful to keep the cost down. You can also buy patches and glue them on yourself to save money. 
            2) Next I'd recommend the clear pouches like the travel pouch from terry (there is minimal stock left in those though). I reach for those A LOT while traveling now. 
            3) From there I'd go to either fanny pack or large pouch. I use my fanny A LOT but I feel like that is more personal if you like fanny packs or not. The large is good for a big makeup bag to hold everything. But I find the small and a clear travel can also do the trick. 

As a first time buyer I would say you can skip the flat pouches and backpacks. I don't use those as much. I have a lot of old flat pouches I hardly use but I am a hoarder and probably won't ever get rid of them! I think the backpacks are cute but not a NEED in my opinion when first starting out. Unless you really need a backpack for something! I do love the duffles though but they can get pricy. So to summarize my top recommendations for new buyers are mini and small pouches.

Happy shopping everyone! Feel free to DM me on Instagram! 

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

OOTD: Fall Nap Dress


Fall is in the air! I took a trip to the Morton Arboretum to enjoy the fall leaves and it did not disappoint. Naturally I had to wear a Hill House Home nap dress for the occasion. This dress is from last year, but it is still one of my favorites. 

To keep warm I layered the dress with a turtleneck bodysuit, tights, and a Barbour wax jacket. The Hill House bodysuit is my favorite because it pairs perfectly with the dresses. Layering is key in the Midwest to extend the wear of my dresses. Plus so I don't freeze! 

My accessories include my trusty Louis Vuitton Speedy. To me this bag is a classic and will never go out of style. It is one of my go-to designer bags. Then of course no look is complete without a Lele Sadoughi headband. This pink bow style is one of my favorites right now. Somehow it goes with everything! 

Where it's from: 
Dress: Hill House Home (similar)
Turtleneck: Hill House Home
Jacket: Barbour 
Boots: Aquatalia (similar)
Headband: Lele Sadoughi
Bag: Louis Vuitton Speedy 

Have you been able to enjoy the fall leaves this season? Let me know in the comments! 

Monday, October 24, 2022

Weiland Wedding: Bridesmaid Dresses + Accessories


It only took me about 6 months to start posting all of my wedding details! It has been a crazy six months, lots of travel and work things going on. But, I wanted to share all of my wedding details to help any future brides out there. First up is my bridesmaid dresses. I've gotten so many questions on these and I am happy to share all the details! 

When picking bridesmaid dresses I knew I wanted a cohesive look, but also give the girls freedom to choose what they wanted. So, I selected the designer, fabric, and color and the girls all chose their own style/ shape. I went to Bella Bridesmaids in Oakbrook with my in town bridesmaids to try on dresses. Luckily everyone else was able to go to a different Bella Bridesmaids boutique to try on styles as well! It was also important to me that people could try on their own dresses. A lot of websites have great options but I wanted to make sure the dresses were good quality and looked good in person. 

After browsing lots of fabrics, styles, and designers I decided on Marchesa Notte bridesmaid dresses. I didn't want the traditional bridesmaid fabric chiffon so I went with tulle. The tulle reminded me of all of my dance costumes growing up. They felt perfect and light weight for a spring wedding. In general they fit into the aesthetic I was going for! Plus I think they made them stand out from the traditional bridesmaid dresses. Not that there is anything wrong with those, but like I said I wanted something different and a little bit unique for the girls! 

With the bridesmaid dresses I got all of the girls custom earrings from Made by Maddie Designs. Maddie can create a custom earring for you + your girls for your big day! You just email her and she will help you from there. We decided on these gorgeous pearl clover earrings. I put a picture of them below, unfortunately I didn't get any close up pictures of them. But they were stunning! I wish I got a pair of myself now.  + I think the girls will be able to re-wear these earrings for other events or just for day to day! Personally I like a statement earring over a necklace + stud earring combo for bridesmaids. I think it is a more elevated look. I got six pairs of earrings for $300, and these I included in their wedding day gifts. 

I also let all of the girls pick their own hair and makeup style. They all got it done professionally but they got to decide what they wanted. The only thing I said was no smokey eyes just because I think they are a little harsh. But otherwise they could do whatever! I wanted to make sure everyone looked their best and they were comfortable with their glam for the day. 

Below are the exact style names, numbers, and links to each girls dress! We had two girls wear the same style, otherwise everyone had something different. I love how the mix matched dresses turned out. They are still cohesive without being matchy matchy or totally mismatched. 

10/10 recommend a bridesmaid first look! It was a sweet moment between my friends and I. 

And those are the details of my bridesmaid looks! Below are the rest of our wedding vendors. Stay tuned for more details on our big day soon. 

Hair and Makeup: Tamara Hair & Makeup 
Bride Dress: Bella Bianca, Hayley Paige (Radley Gown)
Bride Earrings: Loren Hope 
Bride Headband: Jennifer Behr 
Shoes: Bella Belle 
Photographer: Ben Ramos Photography
Invitations: Empress Stationery
Videographer: Flabio Doci
Orchestra: Innocenti Strings