Winter Favourites

Sweater weather is my absolute favorite time of year! I love snow more than I love the changing of the leaves. Here’s my list of 7 must-haves for when the temperatures get chilly:

1. Plaid Blazers

I’m a strong believer that outerwear looks best when worn oversize, plus it leaves more room for layers. Catch me walking to class when it’s 50 degrees wearing like four layers, #foreverfreezing.

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$34.90 Forever 21

This double-breasted cutie can be dressed up with your favorite LBD and some killer heels, or dressed down with distressed denim and some bada** booties (scroll to #5 for more inspo).

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$25 Charlotte Russe

No one can rock yellow plaid quite like Cher in the cult classic Clueless, but you can certainly try. Perfect for wearing to class and a halloween party. Plus it’s currently on sale.

2. Midi Sweater Dresses

I basically live in cozy neutrals. I love haw they can be worn with either your favorite pair of trainers, or heels. Plus it layers very nicely with a plaid blazer (see #1).

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$48 ASOS

Super on trend with both a mock neck design and ribbed texture. Layer it up with your favorite scarves or belts.

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$28 Forever 21

This version has snap closures down the front, so you can adjust the neckline. It also comes in multiple colors, but obviously black is best.

3. Fur-lined Slides

Slides were the hottest shoe of the summer, and cozy faux-fur lining allows you to keep wearing them throughout the chilly weather. Cute and comfortable to walk in, what more do you need?

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$27 Lulu’s

Dressy enough to wear to class or work, while the slip-on design still perfect for lazy girls like myself. Automatically make any outfit 10x more fashionable.

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$69 Urban Outfitters

Okay these might be my favorite thing I linked in this post. The black silk with gold embroidery is just so cool. Someone pls Venmo me @mirandaoates so I can add these to my closet thx. 🙂

4. Cropped Turtleneck Sweaters

Fall is sweater weather so obviously I have to link some sweaters. On warmer fall days you can wear this cropped silhouette with high waisted denim or a silky slip dress.

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$35 Forever 21

I really love the billowy sleeves on this one. Perfect with your favorite pair of distressed jeans. Plus it also comes in black.

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$18 boohoo

This version has such gorgeous cable knit texture. It’s slightly more fitted cut then the one from F21. Oh and did I mention it’s also 50% off rn?

5. Bada** Booties

The quintessential fall shoe, new and improved.

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$34.50 ASOS

I’m super into red at the moment, I know, super off-brand from my usual cool neutral tones. I just like the confident statement that wearing bright red makes. Plus how cute are the studs on these bad boys? Currently on sale from $87.

6. Silk Slip Dresses

Maybe it’s because I work at a lingerie store right now, but I’ve been loving silky/satiny textures lately. Go for an empowered girly look by layering a slip dress with oversized knits and edgy booties.

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$27.23 ZAFUL

This little light pink slip would look so cute with some over-the-knee boots and a big grey sweater. Currently 44% off from $39.74 !

Here’s a bit of my Pinterest mood board for Fall 2018:

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Look for my mood board on LiketoKnow.it to shop even more wintery items! I link most of the looks from my Instagram there as well! Make sure to follow me!

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Xx,

Miranda

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Doing The Most For The ‘Gram

Hi friends,

Last weekend my friend, and fellow blogger, Adelia had this crazy, over-the-top idea for a photoshoot. It was inspired by the incredibly talented Marta Lozanop.

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It looks so simple. Put your hair up in a towel, grab some sunglasses, a coffee, the last issue of Vogue, and hop into bed. Did I say simple? NOPE. Not for me. I mean the first few pictures went alright.

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We even got a few great ones (prepare for them to grace my Instagram in the near future).

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But then… my towel started to slip,

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And hilarity ensued from there.

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All in all it was a really fun shoot! Adelia and I grew A LOT closer in the process (gotta love unintentional nudity). We will most likely continue to do very extra, and arguably crazy, things for the ‘gram.

Did you enjoy this behind the scenes glimpse into my Instagram? Let me know here! Also please send me all of your craziest Instagram ideas because this was beyond fun to create!

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Xx,

Miranda

Pass The Saalt

This blog post is a little different. Women’s reproductive health and periods aren’t something that’s talked about very openly, yet it affects all women. I live in the US, where I suffer through the bloody pink tax, I struggle to open the wrapper on my tampons as quietly as possible so no one hears, and I create a seemingly endless amount of cardboard, cotton, and plastic waste every month. In other places around the world, getting your period means you stay home from school or work, and that severely limits your opportunities in life. So fuck it. I’m going to talk about periods.

The Numbers

Here are the bad:

  • 20 billion+ mistral products are disposed of annually in the US
  • Menstrual care products can cost the average woman over $150 a year
  • In East Africa 24% of women miss 45 days of work a year because of their periods, and most girls miss 20% of the school year, often resulting in them dropping out

Here are the good:

  • 1 Saalt cup keeps about 300 tampons out of landfills per year
  • Saalt cups are made from medical grade silicon, contain no toxic chemicals, and are BPA and latex free
  • Saalt cups can save a woman an average of $1500 over their ten year lifespan

Saalt

Saalt was founded by two friends, Cherie and Amber. There small business is making big impacts in the lives of the women who use their cups. It gives them the freedom to go out and go on with their lives, without being held back by their period. With every purchase you make, Saalt gives back in the form of educational resources and period care supplies to women in need.

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Saalt Cup

I was gifted a Saalt cup to test out, but I want to emphasize that I would never promote something I don’t personally believe in. I’m not going to lie, using a menstrual cup has a very steep learning curve. The first time I tried to use one, I inserted it incorrectly and had major leakage. RIP my pj pants. Take two went much more smoothly, and I had no other leakage. You only have to empty and clean it about every 12 hours, which is way better than ever four with a tampon. It’s not painful, it’s no more gross than using a tampon or pad, and I genuinely recommend it to my friends and family.

Want to get your own Saalt cup? Or read more about Saalt’s mission? Visit their website here.

Please reach out to me with any questions, or if you just want to talk or learn more!

Xx,

Miranda

Mini Poshmark Haul

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So I posted a poll on my Instagram story, and my followers said they wanted to see more fashion/style related content. Honestly, I would say that my sense of fashion is pretty comfort focused. I wish it was more ethical, the fashion industry can be pretty awful, but I do what I can with my college student budget. I find it somewhat easier to focus on being fashionably eco-friendly. My favorite way to do this is to buy second hand! Thrifting does not come easily to me, so I tend to do my second hand shopping online. Check out my article about Online Shopping (for Broke Students) to see all of my favorite sites!

One of my favorite sites, I’ve definitely mentioned it before but I’m going to mention it again, is Poshmark. I really like that it tracks your package within the app, and gives you the ability to barter for the best price without having to give the other person your personal information. (Want $5 off your first purchase? use my code WANT_THEN_WEAR when you sign up!)

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Anyways let’s get to the fun stuff! I sell A LOT on Poshmark. and I decided to spend a little of the money I made over the summer on some cute clothes and accessories for the school year.

The Jumpsuit

Be proud of me guys, I didn’t get a plain black jumpsuit. This one was $20 and has a classic plaid pattern which makes it the perfect transition piece going into fall. I’m kind of obsessed with straight necklines right now. I think they look elegant, and they were practically designed for the less endowed (like me). I also love the wide leg pants. The material is a super soft knit. I would style it with a cardigan for class, and a graphic t-shirt for grabbing dinner with friends.

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The jumpsuit is originally from Forever 21, but unfortunately it’s sold out. Here are some similar options:

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$24.90 from Forever 21

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$39.99 from Forever 21 ((plus this one has POCKETS!!!))

The Necklace (and Ring)

So I have been searching for a cute icon necklace that 1) isn’t going to turn green the first time I wear it, and 2) won’t cost me more than my statistics textbook. I ended up finding this adorable necklace set for only $40! It came with three coin necklaces of various lengths, two gold and one silver. I honestly cannot wait to layer these together and with some of the necklaces I already have! I plan to keep the summer layered gold necklace trend alive this fall.

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The set I bought is the Relics Coin Necklace Set from Anthropologie.

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It’s still available at Anthropologie for $58. But here are some cheaper versions (unfortunately I can’t guarantee they won’t turn your neck green):

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This one is on Etsy for only $23

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This layered version is $48 from Madewell 

The Poshmark seller I bought the necklace from also included a cute little ring as a free gift with my purchase (another reason I love Posh). It’s gold, which is my current favorite metal. I usually don’t wear chunky jewelry, but I actually really like this ring.

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I couldn’t find the exact one but here is a similar option:

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These are only $13.30 on Etsy ((plus there are so many color options!))

The Hat

I’ve really been wanting a Brixton hat, since last fall honestly, but they are not cheap. Especially not the solid black one I really wanted (a shocking color choice, I know). When I found one on Posh for only $20, I just had to get it.

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Be prepared to see this hat all fall and thought most of the winter because it’s warm comfy and I love it. And also because it hides any evidence of second day hair 🙂

It’s currently $42 from Brixton, but here are some cheaper options:

 

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This one comes in a cute corduroy material and is on sale for $19 from Urban Outfitters

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This one is $26 from ASOS

I’m super psyched to style all of these pieces (especially the hat)! Be sure to follow me on Instagram so you don’t miss it!

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Xx,

Miranda

Straws: Taking an Environmentally Friendly Sip Forward

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So I posted a question on my Instagram story asking for reusable straw suggestions, and I wanted to share some of the responses with you. Sorry it took me forever to write and publish this, I’ve been crazy busy getting ready to head back to campus next week, while saying goodbye to all my friends here at home. None of the links in this post are sponsored, I just wanted to make them available to fellow straw-lovers who love the environment.

Disposable Straws = Bad News For The Planet

So I did some research, because I’m a huge nerd, and I found some pretty scary statistics. One estimate said that about 175 million plastic straws are thrown out every day, and that’s only in the US. They pollute the ocean, haunt landfills, and can cause serious harm to wildlife and marine life. I realize that straws are just a tiny part of a much bigger problem, but you have to start somewhere. The obvious solution is to stop using straws entirely (see the trending hashtag #stopsucking), but I really like using straws. So here are four alternatives to disposable plastic straws:

Paper Straws

Okay so we’ve all been to a party where your friend serves the drinks with super cute paper straws that perfectly match the color scheme. Paper straws are one of those things that look super cute on Pinterest and Instagram, but in reality just slowly turn to gooey mush into your drink.

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The worst is when those cute blue polkadots start to bleed into your iced coffee (I have a phobia of my tongue turning different colors, judge me if you must). I really think @holy_schnitt said it best:

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While they might not be the most pleasant option, they are biodegradable, which makes them a better option than the single-use plastic ones that haunt landfills forever. Personally, I’d rather go straw-less than ruin an iced latte with blue paper goo.

Plastic Straws

I know what you’re thinking, I thought we were trying to avoid plastic straws. Well let me tell you friends, not all plastic straws are created equal. There are such things as reusable plastic straws, and Starbucks has some pretty great ones.

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$19 on Amazon and they fit venti reusable Starbucks cups!

They are made from a thicker plastic and can be reused many times. I actually have one that came with a reusable Starbucks cup that a friend gave me for my birthday a couple years ago. My biggest complaint is that they are super tricky to clean, since you have to hand wash them. Although recently I’ve just given up and stuck it in the dishwasher, which seems to be doing the trick. Another option is to use straws made from corn plastic, which biodegrades.

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You can read a whole nerdy, scientific article on corn plastic here. It’s really cool guys, trust me.

Metal Straws

The most common recommendation I received from my Instagram followers was to buy metal straws. They sent me a bunch of links, and honestly they are pretty inexpensive. The most popular choices were the bent stainless steel ones, very aesthetically pleasing.

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$6.95 on Crate and Barrel

Their only complaints were that if you use the metal straw in a very cold drink, the straw gets very cold (cause metal is a good conductor #science), and sometimes there was a bit of a metallic taste.

Glass Straws

These are great because they won’t impact the taste of your drink, and they can be put in the dishwasher without fear of melting. They also don’t get quite as cold as their metal counterparts.

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$9 for bent and straight straws and you get straw cleaners!

The unfortunate downside here is that they are fairly fragile, which is not so good if you’re as clumsy as I am.

Which Straw Are You?

This is a fun little flowchart to determine which alternative straw best suits you. I made this while procrastinating packing for school, but it was totally worth it.

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Let me know in the comments which straw you are! I just find this super amusing lol. I’m a metal straw just in case you were wondering. Have something you want to add to this article? Let me know here.

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Xx,

Miranda

My Favorite Place for Seafood in Chicago

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Riva is one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago, and probably the world. I’ve been coming here since I was a little kid with my family, mostly because its right by the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and they validate parking at Navy Pier. Oh, and the food is really, really good.

A Brief Disclaimer

Just so you know, I do run an actual food blog. It has recipes and more formally written restaurant reviews (AKA very dry and boring). It’s actually way more popular than this blog (yikes), but my Instagram followers have spoken. IDK why you guys like pictures of food so much, but I like taking pictures of food so I guess it works out. So I’m about to try to keep the humor of my lifestyle blog (it’s this one, try to keep up guys), while writing an informative review. Bare with me.

The Good Stuff

So appetizers (almost) always first. Unless, that is, you count the bread basket, which I very much much do. Unfortunately I do not have a picture of said bread basket, because my sisters immediately descended upon it like locusts. I’m sorry for your loss. The good new is that I was able to convince a waitress to snap this cute pic.

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Call me crazy, but I genuinely love salad. I’m also a bit of a salad snob. And I’m a sucker for caesar salad, particularly if the dressing is freshly made and theres a healthy helping of freshly ground pepper to top it off. My mum ordered an equally gorgeous caprese salad topped off with some micro greens.

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For my entree I ordered scallop linguine with mushrooms. It was bomb. The scallops quite literally melted in my mouth. I still dream about this meal guys, you don’t understand.

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As for dessert, well, we decided to split some gelato. We ordered hazelnut and bittersweet chocolate, both of which paired quite nicely with my double espresso.

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I liked this pic so much I posted it on my Instagram. Go give my already huge ego a boost and like it for me, thanks love 🙂

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Xx,

Miranda

Online Shopping (for Broke Students)

Online Shopping

No, this is not a post about where to buy broke college students. It’s a compilation of the best places to shop online (for cheap!). College is stressful and time consuming, meaning you feel like you could use some intensive retail therapy, but don’t have the money or time time to shop, even for the things you actually need (I’ve run out of conditioner during finals week, it’s not pretty). Even when you’re not super stressed out, the ability to shop in your pjs is pretty sweet. Save yourself some time and money by checking out a few of these sites!

Amazon

Amazon is the godfather of online shopping. Need to buy ramen noodles in bulk? Amazon. Broke your headphones? Amazon. Need your specific brand of face wash? Amazon. “Forget” to buy a book for your intro to modern poetry class? Amazon. I’ll let you guess which of those I’ve actually done.

Poshmark

Poshmark allows users to buy (and sell!) new and gently used clothing at a fraction of the cost. They take care of the shipping and transfer all the payments, which makes it super easy to make a few bucks on that dress you only wore once to that alpha apple pie formal, and the top that’s been hanging in your closet, unworn, with the tags still on for way too long. I’ve been using Poshmark for over a year now and have never had any problems.

Use my code WANT_THEN_WEAR when you download the app for $5 off your first purchase!

Redbubble

Redbubble is honestly just such a fun site to browse. Bring on the cheap laptop stickers baby (I wrote a whole post on college students’ obsession with laptop stickers here). This is my go-to for when I have a rough week (aka more than four papers due). And they pretty much always have some type of deal/sale going on. It gives me retail therapy results for less than ten dollars, plus my laptop gets a shiny new accessory. It’s a win-win situation, really.

Right now you can save 20% with the code BDAYUSA !

SheIn

SheIn has cheap but trendy clothes. But be warned, quality can be a bit of a gamble. That adorable $3 top might be made out of weird or super cheap material. Make sure you read reviews and double check the size chart before ordering!

You also get 15% off your first order when you sign up!

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Xx,

Miranda